It is unfortunate but very much true that many Americans choose to drink and drive on the road. Every day, nearly 300,000 drunk driving cases take place, but fewer than 4,000 daily arrests are made. Drinking and driving is illegal since such an impaired driver is much more likely to cause damage to other cars and property, and more likely to cause injury or even loss of life due to this impaired behavior. When a person is arrested for drunk driving (whether or not a collision took place), that person will be expected at a DUI court, where he or she may face any variety of sentences. One particular way to deal with a drunk driver is to replace jail time or a license suspension with an ignition interlock device and a car breathalyzer device. Drinking and driving is of course a serious crime, but a convict and their attorney may be able to argue a case for continuing to drive, with some conditions attached. Ignition interlock installation may be done on the convict’s personal car or truck, and this ignition interlock device and attached car breathalyzer can keep them honest on the roads. What else is there to know about an ignition interlock device and drunk driving?
Alcohol and the Road
A drunk driver may cause a collision with another car or a pedestrian, but even if they do not, drunk driving is a serious crime. A person is officially driving drunk if he or she has a BAC, or blood alcohol content, of 0.08% or higher (some states may have different thresholds). A police officer may spot a drunk driver based on their erratic and uncoordinated driving, and this drunk driver may soon be pulled over. And if the drunk driver caused an accident, their BAC will be tested when the police arrive. A drunk driver will not have the coordination, judgment, or reflexes needed to safely navigate a motor vehicle on the roads, and this is why it is outlawed. Impaired driver are far more likely to cause accidents and injuries. Meanwhile, some drivers may incorrectly think that driving “buzzed,” or partially intoxicated, is a safe alternative. It is not, however, and even if the driver’s BAC is lower than 0.08%, that driver is still likely to drive poorly and cause an accident or hit a pedestrian. What comes next after a DUI charge?
A person who is facing DUI charges may look to criminal defense law firms before their court appearance, and these lawyers will specialize in representing clients who are facing various criminal charges. In fact, since DUI cases are so common, some lawyers or even entire law firms may specialize in DUI cases. A person facing these charges may look online for local DUI law firms, and they may get consultations with the attorneys who work there (this may or may not incur a fee). A client may look for a lawyer whose skills, experience, success rate, and educational background are to their liking, and together, they will build the case.
Nothing is being guaranteed here, but a DUI lawyer will represent their client in court and may be able to have some charges dropped or lower the sentences on the remaining charges. A lawyer will use their expertise to negotiate milder punishments, and in DUI cases, the lawyer may be able to exchanger jail time or heavy fines for lighter fines, community service, or having an ignition interlock device installed in the offender’s car. The odds may be better if the accused is a first-time offender or if no people or property were harmed in a car accident (this may also vary).
Car Interlock Devices
An ignition interlock device will be installed in the offender’s car if their attorney was able to negotiate this particular sentence, along with a breathalyzer. These devices allow the convict to maintain their freedom to drive, but they must prove themselves to be completely sober in order to operate the car. The person offers a breath sample in order to start the car, and they must submit additional samples as they drive (they will be given warning so that they can pull over safely and provide that sample).