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Ignition Interlock

Berkeley NJ DUI Lawyers

The penalties for DWI, DUI and Breath Test Refusal were significantly modified in 2010 to incorporation an ignition interlock obligation for those convicted in Berkeley NJ and other jurisdiction throughout the state. This device prevents an automobile from starting unless and until the motorist provides a breath sample. If the the blood alcohol concentration ("BAC") of the driver exceeds a threshold of .05%, the car will not start. For those charged and convicted of a second or subsequent DWI or Refusal, installation of an ignition interlock is mandatory. If you are interested in speak to one of our lawyers, including Matthew Dorry, the former prosecutor of Berkeley Township, call (732) 286-6500. Matt and the other attorneys at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are well versed in when and what is required when someone like you is subjected to installing an interlock. To speak to an attorney on our defense team, which possesses over 100 years experience, call us anytime 24/7 for a free consultation.

Ignition Interlock Requirements in New Jersey




First Offense DWI or Refusal

If you refused or submitted a breath sample of at least.15%, you are required. Imposition of this requirement is discretionary where the BAC is below .15%.

Interlock must be installed for the duration of the suspension plus 6-12 months following restoration

Second Offense DWI or Refusal


Period of suspension plus 1-3 years once privileges are restored.

Third Offense DWI or Refusal


Same as second offense.

Failure to Satisfy the Requirement

If you fail to comply with the ignition interlock requirement, a license will be reimposed. It is also possible for you to be ordered to return to court and face further punishment, including jail.

Individuals Who Do Not Operate a Vehicle

The obligation applies to any and all motor vehicles that you operate. In other words, you cannot operate a car or truck during the interlock period unless it is fitted with this ignition device. You do not need to install an ignition interlock if you are not driving but you also do not need to be restored if this is the case as New Jersey DMV issues identification only licenses.

Stafford Township NJ DWI Attorney

Stafford has one of the busiest courts for DWI charges in Ocean County so its judge deals with this issue frequently. The same holds true for Matt Dorry, the former prosecutor of the town, and the other lawyers at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. If you would like to speak to an attorney at the firm about an ignition interlock problem or any other DUI related issue, contact our Toms River Office. A lawyer is available 24/7 to assist you at (732) 286-6500.

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