Driving Under the Influence Arrest
If you have been arrested by a police officer and charged with a suspected driving under the influence offense, you may be at risk for losing your driving privileges as part of the penalties associated with the DUI charge. Like most people, you may find it difficult to get to and from work or take care of your family if you cannot drive. In some DUI cases, drivers are allowed the opportunity to reinstate their driving privileges if they agree to use an ignition interlock device, which they must pay for on their own.
While an IID may give back your right to drive, it may also make you a more dangerous driver, as explained in a recent article appearing in Car and Driver magazine. The New York Times conducted an investigation into the use of ignition interlock devices and discovered that not only does their use meet the definition of distracted driving but that there have been accidents in which the use of an IID was documented as a contributing factor.
Distracted driving may include visual, manual or cognitive distractions. The worst type of distraction is one that contains two or all three of those types of distraction. With an IID, you must take breath tests at random intervals while you are driving. This requires you to read the display, hold the device and concentrate on the test versus on your driving.
If you would like to learn more about how to protect your right to drive and other rights after you have been arrested for a driving under the influence offense, please feel free to visit the drunk driving defendant’s rights page of our West Virginia criminal defense website.