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A DUI in Nevada may lead to an ignition interlock device

The Fourth of July holiday was a time for celebration for many in Nevada, with barbecues, parades, fireworks and more. However, since this holiday is a popular time for drinking alcohol, Nevada police officers were on high alert for those they believed were driving under the influence. While many people may already know a drunk driving conviction could result in fines and jail time, they may not be aware that sometimes a person will also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles.

Under Nevada law, if a person is convicted on their first non-aggravated DUI offense, the judge has the discretion as to whether to require the person to install an ignition interlock device on all their vehicles. However, if it is a person's subsequent DUI offense or an aggravated DUI offense, then an ignition interlock device will be mandatory.

Ignition interlock devices are machines that stop a person from being able to operate the vehicle the device is installed on if the person has consumed alcohol. Essentially, the motorist blows into the ignition interlock device in a manner similar to a Breathalyzer. If alcohol is detected on the motorist's breath, the device will not allow the car to start. The threshold blood alcohol content level necessary for an ignition interlock device to stop a car from running is relatively low and can be lower than the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

In addition, motorists may need to submit to "rolling retests" in which their BAC will be measured while driving. If alcohol is detected, an alarm will ring or the vehicle's horn will sound, indicating to the motorist to stop driving. It will not stop a vehicle already in motion, but may save information regarding the failed test.

Having an ignition interlock device placed on your vehicle can be more than inconvenient -- it can affect your everyday life. A person simply trying to go grocery shopping or go to work may have a BAC under the legal limit, but nevertheless could be prevented from driving. It is important for those who are accused of drunk driving to craft a strong defense against the charges they face so they do not incur penalties that will have a significant effect on their ability to carry out their day-to-day activities.

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