Drunk driving arrests are common over the period spanning from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, with many states increasing police presence during these times. You may even have bee pulled over for drunk driving during the 2020 holiday season and are now facing criminal charges. There are a variety of penalties that could follow a drunk driving conviction in Tennessee, including the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device.
What is an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device is a tool installed in your vehicle that is used to prevent you from driving if you have even a nominal amount of alcohol in your system. Similar to a Breathalyzer, you will blow into the device before driving. If the device detects alcohol on your breath it will prevent your vehicle from starting. Rolling retests, in which the driver must blow into the device while their vehicle’s engine is running may also be required.
When will Tennessee drivers be ordered to use an ignition interlock device?
Under Tennessee law, if it is your second DUI within five years, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle for at least six months. However, a judge can order you to use an ignition interlock device even if it is your first drunk driving conviction. These devices are installed at your expense. If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked, you may need to use an ignition interlock device for a certain amount of time before your license can be reinstated.
What can you do if you are accused of DUI?
DUI charges in Tennessee are serious and can impact your life even if you are not convicted. This post does not provide legal advice, so those in Cleveland accused of DUI will want to seek the guidance necessary to develop a solid defense strategy.