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What to know about Connecticut’s ignition interlock device laws

If you are a Connecticut resident who has your driver’s license suspended because of one of several particular vehicular-related crimes, you will typically have to install what is known as an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for a given period. In addition to having to do so at your own expense, you will have to blow into the device every time you want to start your car to demonstrate your sobriety, which can prove timely, inefficient and embarrassing. Attorney Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes the considerable toll a drunk driving or other vehicular criminal conviction can have on your life, and he has helped many people facing similar circumstances defend themselves and minimize the damage done to their lives.

Per, you will generally have to install an ignition interlock device on your car for a set amount of time if you are fail or refuse to take a chemical test, or if a judge or jury finds you guilty of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You will typically also have to do so if you receive a conviction for vehicular assault or vehicular manslaughter, although the length of time you can expect to have to use it will vary based on circumstances.

While having an ignition interlock device on your car, truck or van can be expensive and a pain, it can also cost you in terms of time. State laws require that you visit your installer every 10 days to have the ignition interlock device undergo calibration to ensure accuracy. Failing to do so can lead to serious consequences, as can tampering with the device, or having someone else use it to start your car on your behalf.

Also, in addition to administrative fees relating to your use of the ignition interlock device, you will generally have to finance installation and maintenance costs for it through your independent vendor. You can learn more about this topic on our webpage.


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