Restrictions for those convicted of drunk driving are about to get a little tougher. The Virginia Senate passed a bill that will make it mandatory for those convicted of a first-time drunk driving offense to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. The device will require those who have the devices to blow into it to test their blood alcohol content in order to start the car.
This will also increase the cost of a DUI conviction. Since penalties for a DUI conviction are increasing, it is important to formulate a tough defense.
As it is now in Virginia, and ignition interlock device is only required for people who have two or more drunk driving convictions. This limits most of them from driving if their blood alcohol content is over .02.
DUI charges are serious and can affect a person's future and reputation. Even if the person is innocent it is likely that their name will end up in the local newspaper, and having an ignition interlock device could result in further embarrassment and isolation. This could potentially have an impact on career and family matters.
People who are pulled over for drunk driving should understand their rights. They may be wise to speak with an experienced DUI defense attorney to make sure their rights are preserved. If police make mistakes in their handling of your case, the evidence they collect may not be admissible in court. It is also important that you are treated fairly and with respect from authorities.
Source: Patch, "Senate Requires Ignition Locks For DUI Offenders," Brian Hill, Feb. 26, 2012