A big part of what we do as DWI defense lawyers is explaining the potential consequences of a DWI arrest or conviction. The list of potential consequences is lengthy and includes probation, community service, jail time, financial penalties, and court costs, among other things. As a part of the probationary process, many drivers will be forced to install an ignition interlock device in their car. An ignition interlock system is a small tool that is used to measure the amount of alcohol in an a driver's system. If the device measures an amount of alcohol over the designated limit, the car will not start. Basically, these are breathalyzer tests for your car.
Why is this a big deal?