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PENNYSYLVANIA NOW REQUIRES IGNITION INTERLOCK AFTER DUI SUSPENSIONS

Earlier this year, as part of the restoration of driving privileges, Pennsylvania made the ignition interlock mandatory for one (1) year in the vehicles of everyone who DUI test.jpgreceives a suspension on a first DUI offense, for all subsequent DUI suspensions, and for all refusals to submit to a chemical test. 

The ignition interlock is essentially a device that is placed in your vehicle requiring you to provide a breath sample before it can be started. If the device detects alcohol, it will prevent your vehicle from starting.

If you are required to have the ignition interlock in your vehicle, you must lease it from an approved ignition interlock vendor and you will be required to pay for all fees associated with its installation and maintenance. The projected yearly cost is estimated between $900.00 and $1,300.00. Additionally, you will be required to obtain a limited license that will indicate you have an interlock device. The penalties for failing to install the ignition interlock, driving without the ignition interlock when required to do so, or tampering with the device, can include an extension of time you are required to keep the device in your vehicle, fines and costs, and imprisonment.

An experienced lawyer can help you navigate through this complicated new requirement. If you have questions about your case, schedule a consultation with one of the criminal defense lawyers at Winegar, Wilhelm, Glynn & Roemersma, P.C.

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