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The Ignition Interlock Device

NJ DWI Lawyer

“The ignition interlock device is New Jersey’s in car breathalyzer.”

The ignition interlock device is a machine that might be installed in your car (depending on the nature of your DWI conviction).

The machine tests your blood alcohol level before your vehicle can be started.  If your breath reading indicates that you have consumed too much alcohol, your vehicle will fail to start.  Obviously, this machine is intended to be a preventative measure to your drunk driving.

Not every DWI conviction will result in the installation of an ignition interlock device.  Multiple DWI offenses can lead to the mandatory installation, as can DWI convictions with unusually high blood alcohol content.

The ignition interlock device is expensive.  It’s going to cost thousands of dollars between the installation fee and the service costs for maintaining the device in your vehicle.  Obviously this is going to add up, especially in conjunction with your fines, insurance premiums, and DMV surcharges.

Additionally, it’s embarrassing to have this object in your car.  Imagine going out on a date and having to blow into the interlock device before your car starts… not a good look.

Its best to avoid being “sentenced” to the use of an ignition interlock device and a NJ DWI lawyer can help.  We can potentially have your DWI or DUI case dismissed entirely.  If not, we can challenge the accuracy of your initial breath test reading or negotiate an alternative sentence depending on the strength of your DWI case.

If you would like to learn more about how we can fight your case, please watch our advanced DWI defense strategy videos, or give The Tormey Firm a call for a free consultation.

“These videos explain how we will fight against your DWI charges:”

Challenge the Initial Motor Vehicle Stoppage
Challenge the Field Sobriety Tests
Challenge the 20 Minute Observation Period
Challenge the Alcotest 7110 machine itself

Learn More About How to Fight Your Charges

If you've been charged with a criminal offense, disorderly persons offense, or traffic / DWI violation, you have the right to an attorney who will defend you against your charges and fight for your best interests. To learn more about how your attorney can fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced, click a link below to see our video library of legal defenses and strategies.

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With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

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Areas We Serve

Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Somerset County including Morristown, Denville, Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hackensack, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Clifton, and Wayne.

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Hackensack Location

254 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

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