When you are convicted of a DUI, there are a number of criminal sanctions that may be imposed including the suspension of your driver's license and a term of incarceration. One additional sanction that you may face in Alabama is the required installation of an ignition interlock device.
The installation of an ignition interlock device can be expensive and burdensome, and the ongoing monitoring can be embarrassing and annoying for other family members or friends who may wish to use your vehicle. When you are convicted of certain first-time DUI offenses or when you are a repeat DUI offender, you may have no choice but to have an ignition interlock device installed in all vehicles you use. Avoiding this is possible only if you avoid DUI conviction. At the Eversole Law Office, we can assist you in raising defenses or negotiating plea bargains in order to hopefully walk away from a DUI accusation with the charges dropped or a not guilty verdict, either of which would allow you to avoid an ignition interlock device. To learn more about how our Birmingham Alabama DUI lawyers can help you to avoid the expense and stigma associated with an ignition interlock device, contact us today at (866) 831-5292.
Alabama Laws on Ignition Interlock Devices
Alabama was the last state in the U.S. to adopt a requirement that ignition interlock devices be used in DUI cases, but as of September 2011, Alabama law has imposed requirements that these devices be used in certain DUI cases.
An ignition interlock device is a small device connected to the ignition system of any vehicle that the driver of the convicted DUI uses. The driver must blow into the device before operating the vehicle, submitting a breath sample that is compared to a pre-set BAC limit. Unless the driver's breath sample is below the legal limit, the vehicle will not start. To ensure that the driver does not ask someone else to blow into the test for him or her, rolling retests may also be administered wherein the driver must blow into the device while operating the vehicle. If the driver fails a rolling retest, an alarm will go off and the vehicles horn will begin sounding and the lights flashing until the vehicle is turned off or a clean breath sample is submitted.
Ignition interlock devices can cost several hundred dollars to install and to operate. Unfortunately, if you are convicted of a DUI with a BAC above .15 for a first offense, or if you are convicted of a repeat DUI offense, you will be required to have the device installed on your vehicle. At a time when you already must pay for DUI fines totaling in the thousands of dollars, as well as for expensive DUI insurance and for the reinstatement of your license, the cost of an ignition interlock device can be real burden.
To avoid the requirement that an ignition interlock device be installed in your vehicle, you will need to avoid conviction for a repeat DUI offense or for a high BAC offense. An experienced Birmingham Alabama DUI lawyer can help you to explore all of your options for raising defenses in order to avoid conviction.
At the Eversole Law Office, we have been able to successfully help many clients to raise defenses in DUI cases in order to get charges dropped or to win a not-guilty verdict. The sooner we take a case, the sooner we can begin to work with you to build evidence for a DUI defense or to negotiate a plea bargain. That's why it's important to contact Steven Eversole as soon as you know you'll face boating DUI charges in Alabama. You can call us toll-free, fill out our confidential online case evaluation form or visit our office in downtown Birmingham.