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When do I need to install my ignition interlock device?

The days after a drunk driving arrest can be confusing. Suddenly, you’re faced with many obligations just to keep your life moving. Your calendar may be packed with attorney meetings, court obligations, DMV hearings and form submission deadlines, plus the usual work, family and social obligations.

With your time already stretched thin, one of your top priorities will be ensuring you’re able to legally drive again as soon as possible. The best way to get back on the road without unnecessary delays is to install an ignition interlock device (IID), or car breathalyzer, as soon as you know you’ll need one.

While all 50 states have an ignition interlock device requirement for at least some drivers convicted of drunk driving offenses, states vary in which offenders are required to install an ignition interlock, when they can resume driving and if there are restrictions on driving privileges even with an IID.

If you’ve been arrested for a drunk driving offense, start planning to install an ignition interlock device (car breathalyzer) right away. Making plans to install your IID as early as possible will ensure you can get back on the road quickly and without the stress of worrying about being caught driving without one.

The easiest way to learn if an IID is required in your state is to read your state’s requirements online and call Intoxalock’s state experts at 888-283-5899 for more details.

It may be advantageous to schedule an installation appointment immediately, without waiting to consult with a court or your state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Taking early action could help avoid waiting to get back on the road once you receive your verdict and sentence. Some attorneys may even advise you to install a car breathalyzer as early as possible so that you can furnish proof of installation in court and ask for leniency in sentencing.

In other states, your attorney will advise you to wait on installing a device until your judicial process is complete. It’s always best to consult your attorney when making this decision. Consult with Intoxalock state experts to accurately determine when you’ll be able to drive again and how an ignition interlock device can get you back on the road more quickly.

Begin making plans early. Intoxalock has the most installation locations of any ignition interlock provider, making it convenient to arrange an appointment that fits your schedule. Get ready to get back on the road by calling Intoxalock at 888-283-5899 to learn your state’s requirements.


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