virginia dui ignition interlock

Virginia Ignition Interlock – The Basics

Virginia law now requires any individual who is convicted of a DUI to have an ignition interlock system installed in their vehicle in order to drive on a restricted license. But, what is an ignition interlock system? Interlock devices are installed directly in the ignition system of the car and determines the blood alcohol content (BAC) of an individual. In order to start the vehicle, the driver will have to have a absolutely no alcohol in their system. If the BAC level is anything above a .00, the car will not start. The device will also do “rolling tests.” This means that approximately every 30 minutes the driver will be prompted to perform the test. This is to ensure that the driver has not started drinking once the car has been turned on. If the driver fails the rolling test, the car will automatically turn off or the horn will alarm until the vehicle is turned off. VASAP employees monitor the number of violations that occur.

How long will the ignition interlock be installed on the vehicle? According to Code of Virginia, the minimum time period is not less than six consecutive months. However, if you violate the terms of your probation the time period may be increased for up to a year.

If you are facing a DUI charge, you should have strong representation. Contact us at Holcomb Law to schedule your Legal Strategy Meeting, at which our criminal defense lawyers will answer ALL of your questions and show you your options.

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