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How long will I have to keep my ignition interlock device?

POSTED ON: 03/02/2023

We hear this question a lot from our interlock customers: “How long do I need to keep my ignition interlock device installed?”

That depends on many things including state and local laws in place when you are ordered to get an interlock device. Other factors play a part as well. But no matter where you live in Louisiana, we’ve got a location near you for quick and easy ignition interlock installation.

We’re the experts in interlock state regulations

Studies have shown that ignition interlock devices make the roads safer by preventing a vehicle from starting if there is an unlawful amount of alcohol on a driver’s breath. Because of how effective they are, all 50 states have laws on the books regarding the use of ignition interlock devices. 

There are a number of factors that impact how long you will have to keep your ignition interlock device installed. But they vary a lot state-by-state, so it’s important to clearly understand the laws and requirements from the beginning of your monitoring.

Louisiana Interlock Laws

‚ÄčIf you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated in Louisiana, your driver's license is subject to suspension under the law. Click the following link for more information about license suspension post conviction.

Additional information is available at https://www.smartstartla.com/laws

Number of DUI offenses may be a consideration

The length of time you have to keep your ignition interlock device installed is typically correlated with the number of DUI offenses you have. Your length of time will often become progressively more harsh with ignition interlock device requirements after the first offense.

Alcohol levels also make a difference

Higher BAC levels typically require harsher penalties. When your blood alcohol content is "much more" than the legal limit, your penalties can be "much more" than standard penalties. If a first time DUI offender in Louisiana has a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher, they are subject to more severe penalties. There is another increase in penalties for a level of 0.20 or higher.

Judicial discretion and other factors

In some jurisdictions, judges or legal authorities have discretion regarding DUI penalties. This might include things like fines, classes, rehabilitation programs, community service, and the use of ignition interlock devices.

Judges may consider:

  • Impact on any victims such as death or injury

  • Previous DUI offenses or other criminal history

  • Other factors such as whether children were present in the vehicle

Another potential problem may arise if you don't adhere to the terms of your probation or monitoring. Violations can sometimes result in an extended requirement for ignition interlock. You’ll always want to work closely with your attorney or monitoring authorities in your jurisdiction. 

"It depends."

By now, you’re realizing that while the question is simple – “How long do I need to keep my ignition interlock device installed?” – the answer involves a number of factors. But one thing is certain: You can get started today with the best interlock on the market by setting up an appointment.

You can call us at 1.866.447.8686 to ask questions or to set up an installation.

Ready for installation?

Are you looking for a specific interlock device installation location? Smart Start of Louisiana has locations in:

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Alexandria

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Baton Rouge (2 locations)

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Bossier City

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Covington

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Deridder

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Hammond

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Houma

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Jefferson

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Lafayette

Ignition interlock device installation near me in Slidell (2 locations)

 

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