October 31, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- There are tough consequences for a driving under the influence in Pennsylvania. One potential penalty is an ignition interlock device. Ignition interlock devices are designed to prevent drivers from operating their cars when their blood alcohol level is over the legal limit. A driver cannot start a car unless they blow into the device. If the device detects any alcohol, the car will not start.
Pennsylvania began requiring these devices in 2000, when the state enacted the Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock Law. Although the purpose of the law is to decrease drunk driving around the state, targeting in particular individuals with multiple DUIs, the cost of having them can be crippling for many people trying to move forward with their lives after a DUI conviction.
Who is Subject to the Ignition Interlock Law?
In Pennsylvania, anyone convicted of two or more DUI offenses must have ignition interlock systems installed on all of their vehicles. Considering the fact that each system may cost $1,000 each and the law requires that they be installed on every vehicle for at least a year, the Ignition Interlock Law can be a devastating consequence. Because of this, Philadelphia ignition interlock lawyers
often work hard to help their clients avoid this costly DUI penalty.
Requirements for Ignition Interlock Devices
When a driver has been convicted of two or more DUIs, they are first given a suspension on their driving privileges for a least one month. The suspension can last longer, depending on what the driver's blood alcohol content was when arrested, and how many previous convictions the driver has had. This also applies to out-of-state DUI convictions.
After the suspension period, drivers may obtain a limited license, which indicates that they have an ignition interlock device on their car. The state requires that drivers have these devices installed on every vehicle that they drive at their own expense.
In addition, Pennsylvania requires that drivers have the devices inspected periodically by an approved service provider. If the drivers tamper with the system, their limited license requirement can be extended.
Exceptions to the Ignition Interlock Device Requirements
There are few exceptions to using the ignition interlock system. Drivers who cannot afford to have an ignition interlock device installed on their car may be able to qualify for economic hardship in order to get help paying for the device. For most people, qualifying for economic hardship is incredibly difficult. The individual's income must be 200% below poverty level. If they meet this threshold, then the state will pay to have it installed on one vehicle. In addition, drivers who operate an employer-owned vehicle may be able to get an employment exemption, which means they would not be required to add the device to their work-issued vehicle.
Other DUI Penalties
In addition to the ignition interlock device requirement, those who have been convicted of drunk driving charges
may face fines and incarceration in either a jail or prison.
Know Your Rights
Being charged with drunk driving is nothing to take lightly. Anyone who has been arrested for DUI should speak with an experienced and aggressive Philadelphia DUI attorney as soon as possible to protect their rights.
Article provided by Cherry, Fieger & Cherry, P.C.
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