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Ignition interlock may be necessary to drive again

In the state of Louisiana, an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol can change your life in many ways.

It's important that you understand your legal rights, as well as what the court may require of you if you are interested in driving again.

An ignition interlock is a screening device that is connected to your vehicle's ignition system. It is in place to prevent you from starting the vehicle should your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) be higher than a predetermined limit.

The following alcohol-related violations may result in the required installation of an ignition interlock system driving while intoxicated, underage driving under the influence, vehicular negligent injury and refusal to take a chemical test.

While state laws are always changing in regards to the use of ignition interlock systems, as well as driving under the influence in general, one of the most important has been in place since August of 2003.

When a driver is arrested for DWI and refuses a chemical test, he or she may be required to install an ignition interlock device as a condition of gaining driving privileges in the future.

If you are arrested for any type of alcohol-related crime, it's a good idea to learn more about your legal rights and how the law will impact your future. With this information in hand, it's easier to understand the steps you should take.

Although you are in a difficult spot, there are steps you can take to improve your future. An ignition interlock device is not ideal, but it may help you get back on the road.

Source: Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, "Ignition Interlock as a Condition of Reinstatement," accessed July 07, 2017

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