DUI Convicts Affected by New Utah Ignition Interlock Device Law
Utah DUI Convictions and Ignition Interlock Devices
For most people in Salt Lake City and the rest of Utah, the idea of having to blow into a machine to start a car, and periodically thereafter being required to blow into it again and again to keep it running, sounds like some sort of science fiction. Perhaps it’s even some sort of new green technology that allows a person to power a car with human breath. Unfortunately for those convicted of a DUI offense, this is not a cheap way to power a car but a requirement by a Utah court to drive following a DUI conviction.
The device required by courts to be installed in a convicted DUI offender’s car is an ignition interlock device. An ignition interlock device requires the driver to blow into the device to check the alcohol level of the driver. If the ignition interlock device registers an amount above the legal limit, the car will be unable to start. While driving, the driver must periodically blow into the device to insure another person just didn’t blow into the device for driver. Criminal defense lawyers help those who violate an order to have such a device in their car.
New Utah Law Gives Driver License Division Authority Over DUI Convicts
Failing to drive without an ignition interlock device can result in revocation of driving privileges for a year. A parole officer usually checks on DUI offenders to make sure they are driving with an interlock device. A new ignition interlock device law going into effect next year will give the Driver License Division more authority to enforce an ignition interlock device court order.
The new law will give authority to the Driver License Division to certify and regulate all ignition interlock providers in the state. They will be notified instantaneously whenever a ignition interlock device has been installed or removed. The Driver License Division would have the authority to suspend the license of someone who was required to have an ignition interlock device and didn’t. Generally, the law will allow the division to easily see if someone is complying with an ignition interlock device order.
Criminal Defense Attorneys Protect Those Charged with Failing to Drive With an Interlock Device
If you have been convicted of a DUI and are required to drive with an ignition interlock device, make sure you drive with one, but if you don’t and are charged for failing to do so, call a DUI criminal defense attorney from Salt Lake City based Salcido Law Firm. A Salcido Law Firm criminal defense lawyer will protect your rights and fight hard to keep your license from being suspended. Call 801.413.1753 to have a free consultation with an attorney today.