If you’re facing DUI/OVWI charges in Indiana, you may have received a letter in the mail suggesting you get an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. It’s important to understand that this is a promotional strategy and not a letter from the court, and it does not give you permission to drive. An ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer for your car that requires a clean breath sample to start or continue operating the vehicle. If your breath has alcohol on it, the device will shut off your vehicle for a predetermined period of time. Specialized driving privileges with ignition interlock device can only be granted by the judge in your criminal case. The process for getting an ignition interlock device involves filing a petition with the court and proving enhanced insurance coverage. However, it’s important to note that these petitions are discretionary, which means the judge does not have to let you drive. Also, it is not recommended to install an ignition interlock device without a signed order from the judge. If you have any questions or concerns, it’s recommended to contact legal representation.
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