Indiana considering new interlock laws for DUI offenders?

For the last decade, Indiana legislators have been considering many modifications to the state's DUI laws. Some of these proposals would increase the penalties for those who have been convicted of the offense, even those who are first-time offenders. Officials are determined to keep the state's aggressive DUI penalties in place.

Recently, there has been renewed debate concerning ignition interlock devices for those motorists convicted of DUI. Prior efforts to require these devices have not had enough support to pass, but each legislative session, there are new proposals regarding the use of interlocks.

The bill would require the ignition interlocks in certain situations where offenders want to be able to retain their driving privileges after being convicted of a DUI. Many other jurisdictions make these devices mandatory after a first-time DUI, and some would like to see Indiana adopt a similar measure.

Interlocks prevent a person from being able to start a vehicle if a detectable amount of alcohol is present in his or her system. The driver has to remain under the prescribed limits the entire time he or she is behind the wheel. If the person tests above this limit, the vehicle will not be operational. Failed tests are also recorded, which can then be used to impose additional penalties on the motorist.

In the past, many have expressed concern over the costs associated with these devices. The current bill would require ignition interlock installation companies to contribute to a fund that would be used to help certain offenders pay the fees for installation and monitoring. This could be very beneficial to local jurisdictions that may not have the resources available to pay for this program if they had to pay the costs on their own.

A lot of people who have been pulled over under suspicion of DUI have little experience interacting with law enforcement. They may feel that they should be polite and respond to the officer's inquiries, as this could perhaps bring an end to the encounter. They do not realize that they are supplying valuable information that will most likely end up being used to make an arrest.

If you are arrested for DUI, you may not know what you need to do to protect your rights at this time. You should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to assist you throughout the entire process. Your attorney will be able to offer you advice on what you can do to potentially retain your driving privileges, and also help you understand the impact that a conviction can have on your entire future.