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Ignition interlock: under which conditions?

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2015 | Breath Test Refusal |

In its own way, the ignition interlock device operates contrary to one of the guiding principles of the American justice system. By making DUI offenders prove that they have not had any alcohol to drink before operating their vehicles, the sophisticated electronic devices diverge from the presumption of innocence that is a legal cornerstone.

However, Colorado and every other state in the nation have some sort of ignition interlock device law in place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Not all states have the same laws, of course. So under which conditions can you be required in our state to install an ignition interlock?   

You may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle if you are convicted of DUI or DUI per se and your driver’s license has been revoked. After one month of revocation, you can be eligible to have your license reinstated – if you agree to having the ignition interlock in your vehicle for eight months.

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was above 0.15 percent (the legal threshold is 0.08 percent), you will be required to have an interlock device for two years.

You may also be required to have a device installed if you refuse a chemical test and your license is revoked. For a first refusal, you can reinstate early after two months, with a two-year interlock agreement.

There are other conditions under which you might have to have one of the devices installed and maintained (at your expense). A DUI defense attorney can help you fight to maintain your driving privileges and freedoms.