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What are Mandatory Interlock Orders in DUI Cases

If you are arrested for drinking and driving in Sydney, it is important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. This is because there are strict penalties in place for this offense, and you will need legal assistance to ensure that your rights are protected. A lawyer will be able to assess your case and advise you on the best course of action. They can also negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf and ensure that you receive a fair trial. In addition, a lawyer can help to reduce the severity of your sentence if you are found guilty. Without legal assistance, you may end up facing the maximum penalties for drinking and driving, which can include a prison sentence. Therefore, hiring a lawyer is essential if you want to protect your rights and minimize the consequences of your arrest.

Understanding mandatory interlock orders

In some DUI cases, the court will order that the offender install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. IIDs are designed to prevent a driver from operating a vehicle if they have been drinking alcohol. The driver must blow into the device before starting the car, and if it detects alcohol on their breath, the car will not start. IIDs are typically installed for a period of six months to one year. In some states, IIDs are mandatory for all offenders, while in others, they are only required for repeat offenders or those with high blood alcohol levels.

On the other hand, in many cases, offenders are eligible to have the IID removed after successfully completing the program. IIDs are an important tool in preventing drunk driving and helping offenders make a safe and responsible return to the road.  Mandatory ignition interlock devices help keep the roads safe by preventing drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. They also give offenders a chance to prove that they can safely operate a vehicle after a DUI case. 

The prescribed concentration of alcohol

The prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA) limits are set under section 108. Its rules are categorised according to novice drivers, special category license holders, and fully licensed drivers. 

If you are a novice driver and have a P1 or P2 plate, it is considered DUI if your breathalyser reads more than 0.00 but is under 0.02. On the other hand, special category license holders, such as bus or taxi drivers, will have a DUI case if the breathalyser reads between 0.02 and 0.05. For fully licensed drivers, the limit is 0.05 but less than 0.08.

If you are convicted of drunk driving, you will face a mandatory period of disqualification from driving and a fine. You may also be required to attend an alcohol education or treatment program and install an interlock device on your vehicle. Repeat offenders will face increasingly harsher penalties, including longer periods of disqualification and higher fines. 

If you are in need of a DUI lawyer, Ainsley Law is here to help. We have experienced and qualified lawyers who can assist you with your case. Contact us at 0416 224 601 today for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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