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Ignition Interlock Devices & Violations

Westchester DWI Defense Attorney – 914.241.0004

Anyone convicted of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) offense in New York may be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on his or her vehicle, even for first-time DWI convictions. A driver cannot start a vehicle with an IID without first blowing into its breathalyzer-like device and registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level below the limit. In many cases, an IID can be the most costly part of a DWI conviction and the most restricting, especially if the driver is accused of violating IID sentencing requirements. IID devices are equipped with gps tracking and cameras. At the Law offices of Robert Schuster, our highly experienced DWI Lawyer examines every piece of evidence in your case in an effort to prevent the imposition of this monitoring.

The defendant is responsible for all costs associated with the IID, including:

  • Installation fees
  • Removal fees
  • Maintenance fees
  • Monthly taxes

An IID will need to be installed on the convicted defendant’s vehicle for a time equal to any license suspension or probationary period, after those timeframes expire. IID installation will, in most cases be one year, with a petition possible after 6 months when the sentence is to a conditional discharge. In addition to the monthly cost of the IID device, there exists the parameters of the stigma of monitoring and the imposition of maintenance and calibration. Should a violation occur, you can be resentenced.

Are you facing a DWI charge in New York? The only way to stop an IID from being installed on your vehicle may be to defeat that charge altogether. Call 914.241.0004 to connect with Westchester DWI Attorney Robert Schuster of The Law Offices of Robert Schuster. With decades of legal experience and a variety of professional awards – including The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers recognition – Attorney Schuster can be your trusted ally and defender in your DWI case. Free telephone consultations are available.

IID Violation Penalties in New York

Perhaps the only thing more damaging to your finances and freedom than an IID is the potential penalties you can face if you violate the terms of your IID sentencing. It will be considered a violation of your IID sentencing if you fail to install it in time, blow a breath sample over the legal limit, attempt to tamper with the IID for any reason, miss a required IID-related payment, or otherwise fail to follow any sentencing requirements.

Legal consequences for violating your IID sentencing requirements can include:

  • Mandatory meeting with designated “monitor”
  • IID period extension
  • Mandatory alcohol treatment rehabilitation
  • DMV suspension of driver’s license

Some violations of an IID sentencing requirement can constitute a misdemeanor crime. For example, asking someone else to blow into the IID for you before starting the vehicle in order to “trick” the device may be seen as a Class A misdemeanor. Such violations can bring new criminal charges, which could be penalized with jail time and high fines.

Challenge Your IID Violation With Our Help Today

Westchester DWI Attorney Robert Schuster is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense and DWI cases, from initial investigation of evidence to presenting counter-arguments to possible conviction in negotiation conferences and in court. When you have been accused of violating your IID requirements, you should turn to The Law Offices of Robert Schuster first. Our goal is to completely defeat the accusations and charges against you and keep your record clean and keep you on the road. To date, we have never lost a DWI trial and we have never allowed a client to go to jail when the top count is a DWI, even in felony cases. We can also help you discover if you are eligible to have your IID removed earlier than scheduled, which can be accomplished under certain circumstances.

Would you like to know more? Contact our firm online or call 914.241.0004 today.