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What does an ignition interlock mean for your DUI case?

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2023 | DUI

Pennsylvania’s DUI laws mandate the use of an ignition interlock device for many DUI convictions, including some first offenses. Understanding the facts about these devices makes the transition easier.

There are some key facts to know about DUI convictions and ignition interlocks in Pennsylvania.

How does the interlock work?

Ignition interlock devices work in a similar manner as the roadside breath test. You have the device installed in your car and then you blow into the tube before you can start your car. The unit tests for the presence of alcohol and only permits ignition if your sample is clear.

Who has to have an interlock?

Ignition interlocks are more common now than ever before. Pennsylvania’s DUI laws permit the order of an interlock device for first-time offenders whose sample at the time of arrest exceeded certain limits. Additionally, most subsequent offenders regardless of BAC receive an interlock order.

Who pays for the interlock device?

When you receive a court order for an ignition interlock device, you have to order it at your expense from one of the PennDOT-approved vendors. Most ignition interlock vendors lease the device, though the cost varies, so it is beneficial to price your options first. At the end of your court-ordered term, you return the device to the vendor.

Facing DUI charges may leave you feeling uncertain about your future. Understanding these facts about the ignition interlock device can help you prepare for the possibility. Consider the details of your situation to assess your likelihood of receiving a court ordered interlock device.