-by John M. Walsh, Esq. (Law Office of John M. Walsh) for PhiladelphiaDUIInfo.com
Pennsylvania’s Ignition Interlock Law requires an individual convicted of a second or subsequent offense of driving under the influence to have an approved ignition interlock system installed on each motor vehicle they own, operate, or lease for one year before they are eligible to apply for an unrestricted driver’s license.
Ignition interlock is a device that is installed on motor vehicles to prohibit individuals under the influence of alcohol from operating the vehicle. Individuals are required to blow into the device before starting the vehicle. If the device detects alcohol, it will prevent the vehicle from starting. In addition, at periodic times during the operation of the vehicle, the driver will be prompted to blow into the device to ensure they are not under the influence.
Individuals convicted of driving a motor vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock device or tampering with an ignition interlock device is subject to fines and imprisonment. In addition, the individual’s ignition interlock period is extended for 1 year from the conviction date for the 1st offense.
Second and subsequent offenses will result in a 1 year suspension. Upon restoration, the individual will be required to hold an Ignition Interlock license for one year plus the balance of the ignition interlock time that remained prior to the suspension being imposed.
If you have been charged Driving Under the Influence or Driving on a Suspended License and wish to speak to a Pennsylvania DUI Attorney, contact the Law Office of John M. Walsh by phone at 215-758-9200 or email John@MyPhillyDefense.com for a free consultation.
-John M. Walsh, Esq. is an experienced Pennsylvania DUI/Criminal Defense Attorney and the Managing partner of the Law Office of John M. Walsh.