The order to have an Ignition Interlock in your vehicle usually happens through your court and/or DMV office.
Many states also have some requirements for you to complete in addition to having an Ignition Interlock. One of them is attending an alcohol education or treatment class.
Can I avoid an Ignition Interlock with these alcohol education classes?
These classes are not meant as an option for you to avoid the Ignition Interlock. They are combined with the Ignition Interlock to help you succeed, get back to a normal life and drive safely.
What will these classes do for me?
Each state has different regulations regarding if you need to attend and complete an alcohol education class. However, in some cases, these classes are offered to you as an option in addition to your court or state requirements. The classes’ length varies, but can be anywhere from six weeks to nine months or longer. Sometimes, the length of your class will depend on your conviction details. For example, if you are under 21-years-old, your class may last longer.
If you want to know more information on your class, ask your monitoring authority with your court and/or DMV/DPS.
What if the Ignition Interlock is a choice?
During your court hearing, an Ignition Interlock is either mandatory, or you can make the choice between an Interlock or a suspended license. However, you may want to consider the option of an Ignition Interlock carefully. If you opt for a suspended license instead of an Ignition Interlock, you will not be allowed to drive for a long time.
When you are given the choice to use an Ignition Interlock, think about the value in keeping your license.
Ignition Interlocks allow you to continue with your everyday routine by being able to drive. Getting to work, school, or picking up your children won’t be a hassle when you have an Ignition Interlock installed in your vehicle.
If you are caught driving with a suspended license, you’ll receive more severe consequences!
To learn more about what your state requires if convicted of a DUI/DWI, visit our website for the information you need.
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