Ignition Interlock Devices Explained

If you are accused of or charged with drinking and driving (DWI/DUI), it is important that you seek representation from a skilled DWI/DUI defense attorney. At the Lake Elmo office of Coodin & Overson, PLLP, we provide aggressive criminal defense representation and guidance on all aspects of drunk driving cases, including providing information to clients on ignition interlock devices. The installation of this type of device may be mandatory, depending on how many DWIs/DUIs you may already have on your record. Each client's situation is different and we approach each case individually, keeping our client's best interests in mind while protecting his or her rights.

Contact us at 651-319-5180 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) case with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

The ignition interlock device is a small mechanical device, about the size of a calculator, that is installed near the steering wheel of a vehicle and connected to the engine. This device requires that the driver blow into a tube on the device before the engine will start. If a certain concentration of alcohol is detected on the driver's breath by the device, the vehicle will not start. This ensures that the driver cannot drive the vehicle after having consumed alcohol.

An ignition interlock device may be required or optional in a range of DWI cases, including:

  • Felony DUI/DWI
  • 1st offense DUI/DWI
  • 2nd offense DUI/DWI
  • 3rd offense DUI/DWI
  • 4th offense DUI/DWI

Some individuals who have been charged with a DWI may be able to get their driver's license back sooner by opting in to the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device Program. Legislation recently went into effect that state's first-time alcohol offenders who registered with a blood alcohol content of .16 or above, and all second-time offenders, can regain their driving privileges by voluntarily participating in the program.

Participants may also be able to reduce the mandatory minimum jail time that they must serve by participating in the program.

Canceled or Denied Due to Public Safety Threat

If you have received your third DWI/DUI offense within 10 years or fourth offense (three years minimum loss of license), fourth DWI/DUI offense within 10 years (four years minimum loss of license) or fifth DWI/DUI offense or more offenses (six years minimum loss of license), the mandatory requirements for driver's license reinstatement are:

  • Mandatory ignition interlock installed for the entire driver's license revocation period.
  • Limitations on your driving privileges for the entire first year of the ignition interlock or until treatment is successfully completed (whichever is longer).
  • After one year of ignition interlock and the completion of a treatment program, a restricted license may be granted allowing you to only drive a vehicle with ignition interlock.
  • Failed tests will require starting the process over, beginning with a limited license and compliance with the requirements of a chemical health assessment.

Free Consultation With a St. Paul Ignition Interlock Device Attorney

We can meet with you to discuss ignition interlock devices and how the installation of one in your vehicle may be mandatory or help you get your driver's license back faster after a DWI or DUI. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. In addition to filling out our online form, you can also call us at 651-319-5180.