The Judge Allowed You To Drive With Interlock, Now What?

Most DUI arrests result in an administrative suspension from the BMV.  The suspension will last for at least 90 days.

You can also drive if the court allows you limited privileges.  The Judge can require special plates or ignition interlock when granting limited driving privileges.

You can obtain limited privileges for work, educational, medical, and vocational reasons.  You will of course need to show insurance for the day you were driving and the day you ask for privileges.

Now, assume that the Judge grants you privileges, but only with interlock.  What is it and what do you do?

Ignition Interlock is a device installed on a car that tests for alcohol by breath sample.  It also records the results. 

There are several companies in Hamilton County alone that offer this service.  The average price of installation is $50. 

Check with your local probation department for coupons for free install.  There is also an option to buy insurance for the units. 

The monthly fees vary by provider.  They range from $45 up to $81.25 a month.

You will need to take the privileges letter from the Judge to the BMV regional reinstatement center, which in the Cincinnati area is located at 10948 Hamilton Ave.

They can issue you an interlock license.  However, it can take up to two weeks for the BMV to receive the administrative/DUI suspension information from the Police or Court that imposed the suspension.

Once you have the interlock license you will call Probation.  Probation will schedule you a time to have the device installed in your car.

The device does not test for drugs.  Prior drug convictions might prevent you from obtaining limited driving privileges.

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If you need help with a DUI arrest in Cincinnati or an upcoming court appearance in Hamilton, Butler, Warren or Clermont Counties on a DUI charge, call our 24 Hour Emergency Number at 513.333.0014 to get professional help

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