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Ignition Interlock Devices And The Need To Hire An Attorney

How Do Ignition Interlock Devices Work? When Will The Court Require Someone To Have An Interlock In Their Car?

On a second or a third offense, they are not going to be driving until they have an interlock installed after their period of suspension is over. On a first offense, it’s usually not required unless they are in one of the four Pilot counties in California; Sacramento, LA, Alameda, and Tulare. In those counties, after a month of no driving, someone can go to DMV and apply to have the ignition interlock device and get it installed in their vehicle.

The device has to be checked every month or two, so they just have it for a period of time. Once that time is over, then they can have a regular license again but at that point, they are still not allowed to drive with any alcohol in their system while they are on probation.

Why Is It Important To Get An Experienced Attorney To Handle Your Case?

If you get an attorney who is paying attention and has been doing this for a while, who’s on the proper list like California DUI Lawyers Association, the National College for DUI defense, especially someone on the California lists, they should know about it or should know how to find out about it. A lot of it has to do with just knowing how to negotiate a case. A lot of times you see people trying to fight DUIs who don’t know what they are doing.

So if you’re going to go out and spend $2,000 or $2,500 or less on a DUI lawyer, more often than not, you might just want to represent yourself.

How Can Attorney Aaron Bortel Help Someone Avoid The Interlock Requirement?

It depends on how the case comes out and which court you’re in. There are situations where you can negotiate the length of the interlock. However, counties like Napa County want people to be on an interlock; if it’s a second offense, they usually want 3 years on an interlock.

Sometimes, first offenses are asking for interlock for a year if it’s a high blood alcohol level. That’s something that Attorney Aaron Bortel has very often negotiated for community service, say 40 hours of community service instead of a year with an interlock.

That’s a county where they are extremely tough on DUIs and their policy was allowing for that but that could change because new people come in and new policies get made but there are ways, depending on the county and depending on the case, to avoid that.

The best way to avoid an interlock is to win the case, or to get charges reduced.

If you need information about Installation Of An Ignition Interlock Device, call the Law Offices of Aaron Bortel for a free initial consultation at (415) 523-7878 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.

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With 30 years of specialized experience in DUI defense, Attorney Aaron Bortel is a dedicated advocate for those facing DUI charges in the Bay Area. Committed to helping clients avoid jail, save their driver’s licenses and jobs, and prevent permanent criminal records, he combines deep legal expertise with genuine care for his client's welfare. Trust in a lawyer who not only defends but truly supports you through challenging times.

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