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Interlock System Laws NH

If you have been convicted of a DUI in New Hampshire, you may be ordered to install an ignition interlock system on your car. This device is essentially a personal breathalyzer test installed in your car. You have to blow into it to start the car and if alcohol is detected, the car will not start. Anyone who has been ordered to install an ignition interlock device on his or her car should understand the interlock system laws in New Hampshire.

Who Pays To Have The Device Installed?

Installation of the device is ordered when a license is set to be reinstated. Proof of installation will be needed before a license will be returned. You will be given a certificate of installation to present to the New Hampshire DMV when needed. The installation can cost anywhere from $50 to $200. There is also a monthly rental fee and you will have to make appointments for calibration of the machine and any other maintenance if needed.

How Long Do I Need The Interlock Device On My Vehicle?

The time period for which you may be ordered to install and keep an ignition interlock system can vary according to the charge for which you were convicted.  For a second or third offense DUI, you may need to have one for one to two years.  If you are convicted of a more severe DUI, such as an aggravated charge, you may have to have the device for an even longer time period. Any tampering of the device will result in additional consequences. This includes having someone else blow into the machine for you.

Experienced Ignition Interlock Defense Lawyer

If you are ordered to use an ignition interlock device, you need to understand the facts of the device and what is expected of you. Having an interlock device can affect your reputation and it may affect your job, especially if driving other vehicles if required. Our firm has experience in guiding New Hampshire residents through the process once they are ordered to install a device. We can answer your questions, help ensure you are following through with the order correctly, and defend you if accused of tampering with an ignition interlock system. Attorney Annutto understands the impact this system may have on your life. Let us guide you through this time and help ensure your rights are protected and the impact on your life is minimal.