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In Michigan, when a person’s license is revoked for drinking and driving, they may receive a restricted license after the mandatory revocation period. If a restricted license is issued, the driver can only operate a motor vehicle that has an ignition interlock device.

What is an ignition interlock device?

An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer for an individual’s vehicle. It requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting or continuing to operate the vehicle.

As a Farmington Hills DUI defense attorney, I know how inconvenient it can be to have an ignition interlock device in your car. For that reason, I have put together important details about how long you might need to have an interlock device in your vehicle.

How Long Do I Need Have an Interlock Device After a DUI?

If the court decided that you need to get an interlock device installed in your vehicles, how long you need to have it installed will vary. In the state of Michigan, interlock devices are required for first-time DUI offenders convicted with a BAC of 0.17 or above. The initial period for the use of this device is one year. However, if a person were to get convicted of a second-offense DUI within the next 10 years of the 1st offense, they will be required to have an interlock installed for two years.

What Do I Need To Do To Get an Interlock Device?

Although getting an interlock device may be inconvenient, getting one will allow you to get a restricted license so that you can drive. The length of time you will be required to have an interlock installed after a first DUI will not officially begin until you get a restricted hardship license. Then you need to get the interlock installed on all your vehicles for the period of time ordered by the court. It is important to keep in mind that your hardship or restricted license can be suspended if you are caught driving another vehicle that doesn’t have an interlock device installed.

Experienced DUI Defense Attorney in Farmington Hills!

If you were arrested for a DUI, then you may be facing life-altering consequences. Facing OWI charges can result in a suspended driver’s license, but with an experienced attorney on your side, you can protect your rights and your future. At Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law, I am dedicated to helping people throughout Oakland County get the best possible results for their DUI cases. I help clients get their cases reduced or even dismissed. If you end up facing DUI charges, I can help you obtain a hardship license so that you can continue driving to prevent losing your job. Let my firm protect your rights!

Call Daniel D. Hajji, Attorney at Law today at (248) 599-0054 to discuss the different options available for your case!