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MA DUI Ignition Interlock Device

MA Ignition Interlock Device

In MA, an ignition interlock device is the size of a cell phone.  The device is electronically attached to the vehicle’s ignition.  The ignition interlock device is a handheld breath-alcohol monitoring system.  Before you can start your car, the ignition interlock device requires you to pass a breathalyzer.  The ignition interlock device also requires that you re-take the breathalyzer while you are operating the car.

MA Ignition Interlock Device Law

You can be charged with an ignition interlock violation for different things.

  • Tampering with an ignition interlock device
  • Driving a car in MA without the ignition interlock device
  • Starting an ignition interlock device for a restricted person.  Meaning you took the breathalyzer for another person.
  • Starting an ignition interlock device for a restricted person as a subsequent offense.

MA Ignition Interlock Device Penalties

The DUI offender can be sentenced to the house of correction for 180 days to 2½ years. The court can sentence the DUI offender to 2½ to 5 years in state prison. Either way, the DUI offender must serve a minimum of 150 days, which cannot be reduced by good time or parole. The DUI offender can also be subjected to a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $15,000. A second or subsequent offender can be sentenced to state prison for no less than 3 years and no more than 5 years.

Who needs Ignition Interlock Device in MA?

If you are a second offender or higher and you want a hardship license, you must be equipped with an ignition interlock device.  The ignition interlock device must be used for the duration of the hardship license.  Additionally, second offenders or higher must have an ignition interlock device in their car for 2 years after their license is reinstated.

What does all this mean? Well say if you are convicted of a DUI 2nd offense and you want a hardship license.  Your license is suspended for 2 years.  In this scenario, if you are granted a hardship license, you will have the ignition interlock for 2 years during the hardship license.  And you will have the ignition interlock for an additional 2 years after you get your license back.  Therefore, you will have an ignition interlock device in your car for a total of 4 years.

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Boston MA 01235


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