In Alabama, ignition interlock devices may be required for individuals convicted of DUI as part of their penalty or as a condition for regaining their driving privileges. An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer that is installed in a vehicle's ignition system. The driver must blow into the device, and if the device detects alcohol above a certain limit, the vehicle will not start.
Ignition interlock in Alabama:
- Mandatory Installation: Courts may order the installation of an ignition interlock device for certain DUI offenses. The installation is often mandatory for repeat offenders or individuals with high blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels.
- Duration of Requirement: The duration for which an ignition interlock device must be installed can vary based on the specific circumstances of the DUI offense. It may be a temporary requirement or a more extended period.
- Costs and Maintenance: The individual convicted of DUI is usually responsible for the costs associated with the installation and maintenance of the ignition interlock device.
- Restricted Driving Privileges: In some cases, individuals may be allowed to drive only vehicles equipped with ignition interlock devices during the period of the requirement.
- Compliance Monitoring: Authorities may monitor compliance with ignition interlock requirements, and violations can lead to further penalties.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Alabama, call Dixon Law today at (205) 616-8896 for a free consultation. We represent clients in Birmingham, Alabama and the surrounding areas.