The use of ignition interlock after a DWI arrest, new exception explained

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | DWI |

A Minnesota DWI arrest can come with many consequences. Drivers may not only face legal repercussions but can also suffer in their personal and professional lives. One consequence that can impact every aspect of one’s life is losing one’s driving privileges. In some cases, one may be able to have their driving privileges reinstated by installing an ignition interlock device on their vehicle.

When is ignition interlock an option?

The ignition interlock device is small and easy to use. It includes a tube that requires the driver to blow into the tube before starting the car. If the device doesn’t read alcohol content over a certain level, the vehicle starts. The Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device Program outlines who can use this device to regain driving privileges.The time one must continue to use the ignition interlock device varies between each case.

What is the new ignition interlock exception to conditional releases after a DWI arrest?

Under Minnesota Statute 169A.44, a person arrested for a DWI is subject to mandatory conditional release requirements from jail unless maximum bail is posted. Some of these requirements include abstaining from alcohol and submitting to daily electronic alcohol monitoring, among others. Last year this statute was amended to include an exception to these mandatory requirements if the person agrees to become a participant in the Ignition Interlock Program. Judges, courts, probation, and jails will have to become familiar with this new exception so that those drivers who choose it will not be forced into the mandatory conditional release requirements.

Seek advice when facing a DWI

A DWI conviction can be life-changing in many ways. Those facing such consequences should be aware of their legal options and know they don’t have to face those charges alone. By working with someone who understands Minnesota DWI laws, one can decide how best to represent themselves when facing those charges in a legal setting.



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