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If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI/DWI in New York, you can be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to avoid such negative consequences.

Randy S. Alpert, Attorney at Law, has more than 20 years of experience handling cases involving DUI/DWI charges and the consequences. Contact our Queens Criminal and Traffic Attorney at 718-544-3963, 516-206-3062 or 631-232-1800 today. Our attorney represents clients throughout New York in Queens, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Long Island.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device?

The ignition interlock device requires the operator of the vehicle to blow into the machine before the vehicle will start and also requires blowing into the machine at periodic intervals while driving. A failure while driving will not cause an immediate shutdown of the vehicle. but it will be recorded and lead to a subsequent lockout.

What Is the Law Regarding Ignition Interlock Devices in New York?

As of Aug. 15, 2010, anyone convicted of a misdemeanor or felony DWI is required to install an ignition interlock device in all cars owned or operated by the offender for the period of the conditional discharge, probation or parole, in no event less than six months.

Within 10 days of a conviction requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device, an offender must install the unit(s) into all owned or operated vehicles. The approximate cost for installation, rental and maintenance for a six-month term of the ignition interlock device is $1,000.

What if I Violate an Ignition Interlock Requirement?

If a convicted offender operates a motor vehicle without a court-ordered ignition interlock device, the offender is subject to being charged with a misdemeanor crime, as well as being subject to potential jail time for violating the terms of his or her original sentence.

Additionally, an offender will be subject to additional charges and punishment, if he allows any other person to blow in the machine for the purpose of providing the offender with an operable vehicle. The other person who blows into the machine is also subject to being charged with a crime.

Furthermore, any person who tampers with or circumvents an otherwise operable ignition device is subject to being charged with a crime, as well as any person who knowingly lends a motor vehicle to a person known to have his or her driving privilege restricted to vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device unless the vehicle is so equipped.

Experience You Can Trust

If you are facing charges that require an installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, you need a lawyer with experience handling DUI/DWI cases. Attorney Randy Alpert is a former Queens County prosecutor who has handled multiple cases involving felony and misdemeanor traffic offenses.

Attorney Alpert will aggressively defend you against criminal charges and will seek to help you avoid negative consequences, including the ignition interlock program. He understands the nuances of Leandra's Law, which is the law in New York that incorporates the ignition interlock program.

Contact Our Law Firm

To speak with a Forest Hills traffic violations lawyer or criminal defense attorney about your case, contact the law offices of Randy Alpert at 718-544-3963, 516-206-3062 or 631-232-1800. We are committed to seeking the best possible result on your behalf. We have offices in Forest Hills, Suffolk County and Valley Stream.

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Randy S. Alpert, Attorney at Law

NYC Office
118-21 Queens Blvd., Suite 518
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone: 718-544-3963
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Nassau County Office
104 S. Central Ave., Suite 14
Valley Stream, NY 11580
Phone: 516-206-3062
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Suffolk County Office
By Appointment Only
156 Wheeler Road
Central Islip, NY 11722
Phone: 631-232-1800
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