What happens after I get my DUI?
In the state of New York, once you get your DWI, you will go to an arraignment, and the judge’s decision will dictate your next steps. If you’re found guilty, you will have ten days to get an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on your car, truck, or crossover vehicle. If you plead not guilty, your attorney may advise you to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) pre-trial. If you have further questions about your process, please consult your court or attorney. Consequences can differ.
What do I need to bring to my installation?
Once you have scheduled your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installation with Smart Start, you will need to bring the following to your IID installation appointment:
- Photo identification
- The name and policy number of your automobile insurance
- The vehicle identification number (VIN) of all motor vehicles that you own or routinely drive and a statement disclosing the names of all other individuals who operate those motor vehicles
- A notarized affidavit from the registered owner of the vehicle granting permission to install the Ignition Interlock Device if the vehicle is not registered to you
What should I bring back to my monitoring authority after my device is installed?
Smart Start will send confirmation of installation to your monitoring authority on your behalf at no additional cost to you. You can also request a copy of your installation confirmation. MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT MONITORING AUTHORITY ON FILE FOR YOU. For your time with the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) to count, you must make sure that Smart Start is sending your confirmation of installation to the right place.
How do I know if Smart Start’s devices are compliant with my program?
Smart Start is on the list of approved ignition interlock providers in the state of New York. We also meet the standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Health. You can be assured that all of Smart Start’s Ignition Interlock Devices will be compliant with your program.
What happens if I violate?
If you violate in the state of New York, any violation you incur is immediately reported to your monitoring authority, and your Ignition Interlock Device (IID) will go into a countdown. You must get your Ignition Interlock Device serviced before the countdown expires, or your IID will go into lockout, and you will not be able to start or operate your vehicle.
How do the consequences differ for a first and second DUI? Third? Fourth?
In the state of New York, consequences may differ based on your court, judge, and monitoring authority. For more information, please visit http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/opca/ignition.htm.
What if I have a requirement, but I don’t own a vehicle?
In the state of New York, if you have an Ignition Interlock Device requirement without owning a vehicle, you can install an Ignition Interlock Device on a vehicle that is not registered to you with a letter of permission from the owner. This will allow you to fulfill your requirement. If you do not install an ignition interlock, you must be able to prove to the court, to the court’s satisfaction, that you no longer own or operate a vehicle.
What constitutes a violation in my state?
In the state of New York, any and all of the following may constitute a violation:
- Any level of alcohol in the breath sample (above .020)
- A skipped rolling re-test
- Tampering with the Ignition Interlock Device
- Trying to circumvent proper use of the device
- A missed service appointment
What do I need to do to install voluntarily?
To install an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle or a family member’s vehicle voluntarily, click the chat window below, fill out our online form, or call 800.831.3299 to speak with one of our customer care advocates. We’ll help you set up an installation appointment at a day and time that are most convenient for you.
How do I know if I need a camera/GPS/etc.?
Every Ignition Interlock Device installation in New York requires a camera. Additional requirements are established by county regulations or judge’s orders.
Where does installation fall based on my condition?
In the state of New York, the law states that you have ten days from the time of conviction to install your Ignition Interlock Device.
Does the camera watch me all the time?
No, the camera only takes a series of photos at the time of your test. There is no live video feed.
How do I know who my monitoring authority is?
In the state of New York, the court will inform you as to who your specific monitoring authority is. A monitoring authority can be the sheriff’s office, the district attorney’s office, the DMV, probation officer/department, etc. The county in which you are convicted will be the county monitoring your case.
How do I know what my state requires in an Ignition Interlock Device?
Smart Start is an approved, certified Ignition Interlock Device (IID) provider in the state of New York, so you can be sure that all of our devices meet any necessary state and federal regulations. For a more comprehensive list of state requirements for an Ignition Interlock Device, please visit the New York Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) website.
How can I pay for calibration?
You can pay by credit or debit card at the service center at the time of your service. You can also set up auto-pay for your convenience.
Where do I send a record of my service appointments?
Smart Start will send a record of your service appointments to your monitoring authority on your behalf at no additional cost to you. However, you can request copies of your service appointments for your own records.
Does this thing hurt my vehicle?
No, Smart Start’s Ignition Interlock Device will not hurt your vehicle. Smart Start technicians are certified and qualified to install, service, and remove an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) safely on any vehicle make and model without harming the vehicle in any way.