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FAQs about Alabama Ignition Interlock - Barclay Law, LLC Provides Answers to Your Questions

Recent changes to the Alabama ignition interlock law illustrate how even one DUI conviction can severely disrupt your life. That's why your safest bet is not to drink and drive. But if you or a loved one is arrested on a drunk driving charge, you will need aggressive representation. You will need someone working for you right away to help avoid a conviction or minimize the impact of the arrest. Call Barclay Law, LLC today for a free consultation: 866-584-1023 or 205-488-2797. Based in Birmingham, Barclay Law, LLC serves all of Alabama

With the recent change in the ignition interlock law for Alabama, we thought it would be helpful to provide a few questions and answers.  Click on the following links to read answers to questions about the ignition interlock device and the changes to the law:

Q:  What is an ignition interlock?

A:  This is a device installed in a motor vehicle that measures the blood alcohol content of a driver. A driver who is required to use the device must blow into it before starting the vehicle. If the device detects a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or more, the car won't start.

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Q:  What is the new ignition interlock law in Alabama?

A:  Alabama is the 21st state to enact a law that requires ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers, including first time offenders, with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater. The law is HB 381/SB 319.

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Q:  How is this new law different from the old ignition interlock law in Alabama?

A:  In 2011, Alabama began requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or greater. Under the new legislation, any first time convicted drunk driver with a BAC between .08 and .14 must use an ignition interlock on his or her vehicle for six months.

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Q:  Are there any problems with the ignition interlock device?

A:  Advocates of stronger ignition interlock laws say such legislative efforts help reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. However, some problems have been documented with the device. Sometimes the device records a false positive. For example, the device may detect alcohol on a driver who recently used mouthwash with alcohol or consumed a baked good containing sugar and yeast, which have been known to cause low alcohol levels. As with any machine, there is a possibility of malfunction. The ignition interlock device may produce an incorrect reading. If someone else uses the car, such as a spouse, that person will have to blow into the device to start the vehicle as well.

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Q:  Are there charges associated with installing an ignition interlock device?

A:  Yes. If you are ordered to use an ignition interlock device, you will have to pay for installation. You also will have to pay a monthly leasing fee, service fees and cover the cost of removal. You will be responsible for maintenance costs. There are also fees associated with the downloading of data and with calibration of the machine. You must bring your vehicle in to the service provider roughly once a month to download the data.

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Q:  How can an attorney help me avoid an ignition interlock device?

A:  Contact Barclay Law as soon as possible if you or a loved one is arrested on a DUI charge. The new law means you will be required to use one of these costly devices if you are convicted with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or greater - even if you have never been arrested before! Highly skilled defense attorney John Michael Barclay will fight for you. He will put his experience and resources to work to help you avoid getting a conviction. Call 866-584-1023 or 205-488-2797 right now for a free consultation. You can also fill out the online contact form. Call anytime of the day or night. Don't delay. Don't take chances with your future. Act now. Let Barclay Law, LLC help you get your life back on track.

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