Getting a Driver’s License Back In Scranton
Ignition Interlock Devices
In 2017 the laws in Pennsylvania regarding ignition interlock devices changed. These devices allow some Pennsylvanians to retain driving privileges after a DUI, but only certain individuals are eligible for an ignition interlock limited license. While an ignition interlock is a device that needs to be installed in a vehicle after a DUI, many Pennsylvanians still do not understand all the laws and procedures surrounding them.
Anyone that wishes to apply for an ignition interlock limited license, or that has been charged with a DUI, needs to speak to a Scranton DUI attorney that can help them through the process of obtaining an ignition interlock device.
What is an Ignition Interlock Device?
An ignition interlock device is a piece of equipment installed in a vehicle after someone has been convicted of driving under the influence (DUI.) One end of the device attaches to the ignition while the other end is attached to a tube. Before a driver starts the vehicle, they must blow into the tube. If any alcohol is detected on the individual’s breath, the vehicle will not start. The individual will also be asked to blow into the tube periodically while driving to confirm they have not been drinking.
Ignition interlock devices are leased from different vendors throughout the state. The cost of having a device installed in a vehicle can cost anywhere between $900 and $1,300 a year. Individuals charged with a DUI that are required to have an ignition interlock device installed are responsible for the cost.
What is an Ignition Interlock License?
An ignition interlock license is a special type of license that alerts local law enforcement, and anyone that sees the license, to the fact that a driver has certain restrictions on their license. Indicators will include a red banner, along with the words “limited license” and “ignition interlock.”
Thirty days prior to an individual’s eligibility for an ignition interlock license, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will mail them an eligibility letter. The letter will include an application for an ignition interlock license, along with information about ignition interlock device vendors and how to contact them.
When an individual is approved for an ignition interlock license, any vehicle they drive or in control of must be equipped with an ignition interlock device. This requirement is in effect until the individual has obtained an unrestricted driver’s license.
After an individual has had an ignition interlock device installed for the required amount of time, they may be eligible to get their unrestricted driver’s license back. This license will remove all prior restrictions and allow the individual to continue driving as they did before the DUI conviction.
In order to be eligible for an unrestricted driver’s license, the individual must be able to prove that they did not try and start the vehicle with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent while the device was installed. The vendor will communicate with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to record readings, and instances in which a driver has tried to drive while over the legal limit.
At certain times, an ignition interlock device will need to be repaired or inspected to ensure it is working properly. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure these appointments are made and kept. If any appointment has been missed within the past two months, the individual will not be eligible for an unrestricted driver’s license.
Contact a Scranton DUI Attorney That can Help
Installing an ignition interlock device on a vehicle can give individuals convicted of a DUI their freedom back. The process though, can be lengthy and there are always requirements to meet before, during, and after an ignition interlock device is installed.
If you have been convicted of a DUI and wish to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle, a DUI lawyer in Scranton can help. Contact Ernest D. Preate, Jr., Esquire at 570-558-5970 for advice on how to apply for an ignition interlock device, or how to beat DUI charges. We offer a free consultation and have experience helping many others regain their freedom after a DUI charge. Don’t try to fight these charges on your own. There may be many options available and we can advise on which one is right for you. Call us today!