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Ignition Interlock Use in Kansas City

Ignition Interlock after DUI Conviction

Under a recent change to Kansas law, DUI penalties include the mandatory installation and use of an ignition interlock device (IID) for anyone convicted of drunk driving, including first time DUI offenders. The State is serious about drunk driving and will exercise punishments to the full extent of the law provided for DUI sentencing. Ignition interlock devices are meant to prevent repeat offenses and subsequent DUI arrests by requiring drivers to provide a breath sample each time he or she starts the car.

An IID works similarly to the breathalyzer used in breath and blood tests. If the device detects alcohol levels that indicate blood alcohol content above the programmed level, the ignition system of the vehicle will be disabled. Many devices also require additional samples while driving to prevent the driver from driving drunk after having another person provide the initial breath sample. If the device detects alcohol in the subsequent sample, it will set off alarms, such as honking the horn and flashing lights, until the driver pulls over and turns off the engine. Most ignition interlock devices will also record a log of samples, which can be used as evidence against the driver. An aggressive Kansas City DWI lawyer may be able to help you avoid having an IID installed in your vehicle by getting your DUI charges dropped or reduced.

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A DUI conviction can cause a great deal of strain and inconvenience in your life. After you have paid the fines and served any jail time, having to deal with the embarrassment, disruption and expense of an ignition interlock device can be burdensome. Attorney Steve Schanker understands that good people make mistakes and he works to protect the rights of his clients. Licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri, he will meet with you to determine the most effective strategy for your case. You can be certain that your case will be given the attention and focus it deserves. Contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer to learn more about your legal rights in a DUI case and what you can do to avoid living with an ignition interlock device.

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