Tougher legislation has been hitting DUI offenders nationwide. Since criminal law is handled at the state and county level, this is a trend that has been gaining in popularity all over the country and California. California in particular has been the most recent state to join the majority of states that require drivers convicted of DUI or drunk driving to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. Now it seems that it is even more impactful than ever for those accused of DUI to examine the legal options before them.
As of January 1st, all California residents convicted of DUI must install an ignition interlock device. The device is mounted on the steering wheel of the person's vehicle, and it prevents the vehicle from starting if the driver's blood-alcohol reading is above a predetermined level. Many people don't have an issue with the interlock itself, more-so the cost. It is believed by some that the installation of these devices in first-time DUI offenders' vehicles will increase public safety and decrease alcohol-related deaths.
The jury may still be out on whether or not such a decrease may be due to ignition interlock devices or other factors. Either way, having an ignition interlock device mandatorily installed in your vehicle isn't ideal. This gives you even more reason to take a DUI accusation seriously, as it's one of a number of potential consequence that a DUI conviction could have on a person's life.
Remember that all accused individuals are innocent until proven guilty. Whatever the circumstances leading up to an alleged criminal offense, you may need to tell your side of the story. Depending on the circumstances, there are a few different tactics you could take in preparing a criminal defense. A competent criminal defense attorney may be able to help develop a compelling legal strategy to further your interest.