Effective Dec 18, 2009, New York became the latest state to require the installation of an ignition interlock device for anyone convicted of a misdemeanor DWI in New York. The requirement applies to convictions in New York for Driving While Intoxicated or Driving While Impaired by Drugs and Alcohol. The legislation was first reported https://www.newyorkcriminalattorneyblog.com/2009/05/new_york_may_soon_require_igni_1.html last May and is now effective.

The motorist will bear the cost of the installation and rental of the interlock device. Rental can cost about $50per month. Installation can run up to $200 or more depending on the model of the interlock unit and the type or car you drive. Besides the cost, motorists must keep in mind the embarrassment factor. The motorist will not only be required to blow into the device to start the car but also at random times while driving. The unit will be obvious to anyone in the car.

Anyone charged with a DWI or a related offense in New York should speak to an experienced criminal lawyer who specifically handles Driving While Intoxicated cases. The consequences of a DWI conviction in New York have become increasingly harsh with the possibility of jail, huge fines and surcharges, insurance consequences, the possibility of probation, loss of driving privileges and now the requirement of the ignition interlock system.

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