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Possible penalties for ignition interlock violations

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2023 | Criminal Defense

A DUI conviction could affect your life in various ways, and you may have concerns about how best to protect your future interests while moving on in life following a similar experience. One example of a challenge you could face might pertain to being required to install an ignition interlock device in your motor vehicle. 

While this may seem daunting, it could also be a vital step to reinstating your driving privileges, even if on a restricted level. However, should you violate the terms of this program, the loss of your driving privileges might not be the only potential risk, and taking steps to stave off similar issues could be imperative. 

Potential consequences 

Ignition interlock violations could include anything from attempting to tamper with the device to having someone else blow into the device to avoid failing the check. Some potential repercussions of similar violations could include: 

  • Loss of driving privileges: Any type of ignition interlock violation could lead to the decision to revoke your driving privileges, and facing such challenges can be a harrowing process. 
  • Vehicle seizure: Experts also indicate that there may be some scenarios in which such violations could also lead to temporary or permanent vehicle lockout, or even the seizure of your motor vehicle. 
  • Program time extensions: A violation of program terms could also lead to an extension of the time you must remain in this program or cause you to be ineligible for the program altogether. 
  • Jail sentence and fines: In some cases, such violations could also trigger costly monetary fines or could even leave you facing the possibility of time behind bars. 

Knowing what might constitute a violation of ignition interlock program terms and how such issues could affect your life could be vital to helping you prepare to protect against such issues. 

Your rights and options 

Regardless of how it happens, if you stand accused of an ignition interlock violation, you might not know the best course of action to take to protect your future. Since this can be somewhat complex in nature, you could consider speaking with someone with intricate knowledge in such matters for guidance in evaluating your legal rights and options. Seeking such advice could help you understand what is at stake and help you prepare to address the situation and safeguard your future in North Dakota. 


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