If you get arrested for drinking and driving, you could face many different penalties upon conviction. One of these consequences may include the requirement to use an ignition interlock device in your car.
An ignition interlock device is a small device that prohibits you from starting your car if there is a measurable amount of alcohol in your system. Whether or not you will need an ignition interlock device after a DUI conviction depends on the situation surrounding your case.
First-time DUI offense
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, you will need an ignition interlock device if you want a restricted license following a first-time DUI. However, if you intend on not driving after a DUI conviction, you will not need to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.
Subsequent DUI offenses
For second-time and subsequent DUI offenses in Virginia, you will need to get an ignition interlock device installed at some point to drive again. If you are eligible for a restricted license, you will need to have an ignition interlock device installed right away to drive. If you wait out the license suspension period, you will still need to use an ignition interlock device for a certain period of time before restoring your full driving privileges.
If you need to use an ignition interlock device after a DUI conviction, violating the terms of this requirement can result in additional consequences. Carefully abide by any ignition interlock requirements to prevent any additional penalties and to restore your right to drive as fast as possible.