DUI cases are different for every person. For instance, not everyone is a first-time offender, or perhaps in your case you refused to take the breath test and this is not always the case. The facts of your personal case can dictate what type of defense strategy you are going to use, but you should also have a basic understanding of some of the more common outcomes that are possible. A good example is for a case where the defendant agrees to go on probation and agrees to abide by certain rules and regulations while on probation. While the terms of probation are different for each case, it is not unusual to have a few of the same or similar requirements from case to case.
One of the most common terms of probation for a first time DUI case is the requirement to have an interlock device installed in the driver’s car. An interlock is a device that requires the driver to blow into it before the car’s ignition will start. The idea is that if you are on probation for DUI, you will not be able to drink and drive again if your car will not start. Some of the other characteristics of an interlock device are:
● The technology used in the device is such that if your BAC is over a certain level, the car will not start. A typical level for most devices is 0.02.
● The device registers your BAC, and keeps a log of the results. This log might be reviewed by the court or by a probation officer.
● The device can be costly to have installed, but you may be able to arrange to make payments to the company responsible for the installation.
It is possible that you may be required to have an interlock device installed in your vehicle as part of your probation, even if you are a first time offender. This might happen if your BAC was significantly over the legal limit, or if there are other extenuating circumstances in your case. If you are a repeat offender, it is even more likely the court will order that an interlock device be installed in your car as part of your plea agreement to go on probation. For help with your case, and to make sure the terms of probation you must follow are something you can do, contact our office and let us handle your defense.
If you have questions about DUI defense and interlock devices, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Key West to schedule an appointment today.