One of the most significant penalties for operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) or driving under the influence (DUI) in Ohio is the ignition interlock system. Often called “the blow and go,” the ignition interlock is a device that requires the driver to blow on a Breathalyzer device, attached to the car’s ignition, before being permitted to start the car. This is a tremendous inconvenience and embarrassment to most people forced to use the interlock device. If you are facing OVI/DUI charges, you probably have many questions:
- How do I avoid getting it?
- How much will it cost?
- Will it hurt my car?
For the most part, damage to users’ cars from ignition interlocks is no longer an issue, but the cost and the severe inconvenience of ignition interlocks is certainly still a major concern for most people facing OVI/DUI charges. If you are concerned with ignition interlock avoidance, Ohio attorney Matthew T. Ernst can help. At Ernst & Associates, LLC, we have been defending clients against OVI/DUI charges in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio for more than 15 years. We can help you avoid being forced to use an interlock system.
In many cases, we have been able to help our clients avoid the interlock system altogether. When this cannot be avoided, we help our clients get discounts whenever possible.
Judges have discretion to require the ignition interlock device in all first offenses of OVI, and this device is mandatory in all subsequent offenses within six years. Some important things to know about the ignition interlock system:
- The limit of the ignition interlock: The device is set at a .02 blood alcohol content (BAC) level, which is extremely low.
- If you drink the night before: With the low .02 BAC level, it is entirely possible that you could set off the ignition interlock in the morning after you have been drinking heavily.
- If the interlock fails: Many judges will revoke driving privileges when the device fails. In other words, if you blow more than .02, which can happen with the most minimal consumption of alcohol, you could lose your driving privileges, so it is essential to use extreme caution.