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Installing an ignition interlock device to get a hardship license

Drunk driving in Rhode Island can bring various penalties that may have a significant impact on your life. From your personal freedom to your right to drive, you may find it beneficial to confront these charges in the hopes of mitigating some of these penalties. 

One of these penalties may be the loss of your driving privileges. This could affect your ability to drive to school, work and transport your kids. However, it may be possible to secure a hardship license upon installation of an ignition interlock device. It may be beneficial to better understand these devices and your potential requirement to have one installed in your vehicle.

What you need to know about an ignition interlock device

An ignition interlock device connects to the wiring of the vehicle's ignition. In order to start the vehicle, the driver must breathe into the device. If there is any alcohol in the driver's system, the car will not start. Other things you may need to know about these devices include:

  • There are fees associated with hardship licenses, including the costs of having the ignition interlock device installed.
  • In Rhode Island, it is only possible to obtain a hardship license with the contingency of having an ignition interlock device installed.
  • Only an approved and licensed provider can install an ignition interlock device.

If you wish to preserve your driving privileges during a license suspension, you would be wise to seek a full understanding of how you could secure a hardship license and the potential installation of an ignition interlock device.

Preserving your personal rights after a drunk driving offense

Drunk driving can bring a host of serious consequences. From the fines you may have to pay to the loss of your driving privileges, you would be wise to take quick action to protect your interests as much as possible.

With help, you may be able to mitigate some of the potential penalties you are currently facing. A conviction is not your only option, but rather, you have the right to fight the charges against you and seek a beneficial outcome.

Do you need a hardship license?

If an alcohol-related offense resulted in the suspension of your license, you may be able to secure a hardship license. If you believe that you could be eligible for this, you may find it beneficial to learn more about what you may have to do, including having an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

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