Interlock Device Use Up 75%

Because of a new law that requires all DUI offenders get an ignition interlock device on their vehicle once convicted of DUI, the number of Virginia drivers with this device has increased 75% from the previous year. About 8,500 drivers had to add this device to any car they drive in the 11 months since this new law was enacted. For a Fairfax DUI attorney, this makes Virginia’s interlock device some of the toughest in the nation.

Fairfax DUI Attorney and Criticism of This Law

Proponents of this law hailed its passage a major victory in reducing injury from drunk drivers. They point to studies that show repeat offenses for DUI recidivism dropped by approximately 67% when these devices were required. This evidence, they say, is enough to make an interlock requirement a good idea.

Fairfax DUI attorneys worry, however, that there will be unintended consequences. They worry about the following:

  • Disproportionate effect of the interlock fee on low income clients
  • Overburdening the state with the paperwork for this interlock device
  • Overworking the courts because now more DUI cases will go to trial

This device costs approximately $480 for six months of installation, so one Fairfax DUI attorney worried that instead of getting their license back by paying this fee and installing the device, low income people would simply drive without a license. And because of the approximately 18,000 people who will now be required to have these devices, they worry that the state will not be able to handle the increased workload.

Similarly, more attorneys will take the case to trial to attempt to beat the charges because the interlock device requirement is so onerous. Instead of allowing a judge discretion in sentencing, this law ties their hands when it comes time to hand down a sentence.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Fairfax County, the penalties have significantly increased. A Fairfax DUI attorney will fight these charges and help you keep your driving privileges.

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