Ignition Interlock Devices in New Jersey
DWI Defense Lawyers in Morristown NJ
One of the potential consequences of being convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Jersey is having to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. For instance, for a first offense DWI, the court may order you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .15% or higher at the time of the offense. If you do have to install an ignition interlock device, you can only drive the car in which the device is installed and you can’t operate the vehicle until after you provide a clean breath sample.
Travis J. Tormey is an experienced criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorney who has been representing clients throughout New Jersey for years charged with alcohol related offenses including driving while intoxicated (DWI), refusal to submit to a breath test, and leaving the scene of an accident. In fact, Mr. Tormey is one of a few New Jersey attorneys who is a certified Alcotest 7110 operator, the breath testing device used throughout the state to prosecute drunk driving cases. As a result, Mr. Tormey knows the components of the machine, how it works, and if there are any issues with the functioning of the breath testing device. This knowledge and expertise can be used to attack the reliability of the breath test result in your case. Our firm also has a former New Jersey DWI prosecutor on staff who will assist in your defense. If you have been charged with DUI in Roxbury, Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Dover, or elsewhere in Morris County or New Jersey, Mr. Tormey and the rest of our DWI defense attorneys are available immediately for a free consultation at 866-949-6948.
New Jersey Ignition Interlock Law
On January 15, 2010, New Jersey DWI and Refusal Statutes were revised by a bill sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan nicknamed “Ricci’s Law”. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.16, this law makes it mandatory that an ignition interlock device be installed at the defendant’s expense for a set period of time on all vehicles driven by the defendant under a refusal conviction, repeat DWI-conviction (second or third offenses), and for first offense DWI convictions where the blood alcohol content (BAC) level was .15% or higher (remember the legal limit is .08%). An Ignition Interlock device is a blowing device that attaches to your vehicle or vehicles which tests your BAC level. Further, if your BAC registers a .05% or higher than your vehicle will not start and is not operational. If a proper level is registered the device still requires repeated breath samples every 15 – 30 minutes while in operation. The costs of these ignition interlock devices are approximately $100/month plus installation fees. These devices are expensive and embarrassing if they are installed on your vehicle.
Morris County NJ DWI Defense Lawyer Breath Test Certified
In New Jersey, the state uses the Alcotest 7110 breath testing device to prosecute DWI cases which is manufactured by Draeger Safety. Travis J. Tormey attended a seminar in 2011 to obtain his Alcotest 7110 certification. The seminar was given to only about 20 lawyers in New Jersey and was conducted by the vice president of Draeger Safety. Mr. Tormey is now trained on the Alcotest 7110 MKIII-C Version NJ3.11′s analytical system, components, and peripherals, as well as how to operate the instrument and perform a New Jersey specific breath test sequence. As such, Mr. Tormey is licensed to operate the breath testing device used in all New Jersey DWI cases and can utilize this expertise to determine the admissibility of the breath test result in your case.
The Tormey Law Firm also utilizes the services of a DWI expert, a retired New Jersey state trooper who is also a certified Alcotest operator. Additionally, he is certified in field sobriety testing, the tests used at the scene by law enforcement officers to determine if probable cause exists to arrest a driver for DWI. Our DWI expert will examine all the evidence in your case (police reports, videos) to determine if any errors were made with regard to the testing . If the police officer failed to conduct the tests properly or there is a problem with the Alcotest machine itself, he will render an expert report challenging those issues and will be available to testify as a defense expert at trial.
Contact Denville NJ DUI Lawyers for a Free Consultation
Our highly knowledgeable DWI defense lawyers are available immediately to discuss the circumstances of your specific DWI case in Morris County or New Jersey. Contact our offices in Morristown anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-949-6948. We are happy to answer all of your questions.