When you have a DUI conviction in West Virginia, you’re faced with plenty of unknown factors. From your overall costs to the time you may have to spend working community service hours, or what the results of your substance abuse evaluation will be. Then, you have a car breathalyzer or ignition interlock requirement that demands you learn how to use your device, and how to remain free of any violations during your requirement.
Common ignition interlock violations in West Virginia include:
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) readings at or above .025 percent.
- “Rolling re-test” violations, including a high BAC reading or refusal of the test.
- Missing ignition interlock service appointments.
- Not enrolling in the DUI Safety and Treatment program.
West Virginia’s ignition interlock program includes a demerit system that takes into account the types of violations that are possible, and their penalties. Depending on the violation and the demerits that are earned, you could have your ignition interlock requirement time extended by several months. After 12 demerits, however, you will lose your ability to even participate in the West Virginia Interlock Program. You could also be removed from the program if you try to circumvent or bypass your device, drive a vehicle without an ignition interlock device installed or if you don’t complete the DUI Safety and Treatment program. In West Virginia, if you are removed from the ignition interlock program, all of the time you have spent with the device will not count toward your license suspension period.
Because of the serious nature of your DUI offense, your ignition interlock device is your best tool to resuming your life as normal. Getting through your requirement may take some dedication to the process, but, at the end, you’ll be much further down the road to recovery, and driving responsibly each step of the way.