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Under Emma’s Law, those convicted of DUI, including first-time offenders with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater, will be mandated to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle they drive for a period of six months. Additionally, first-time offenders with a BAC of .08 to .14 may elect to use an interlock in order to drive with no geographic restrictions in lieu of a license suspension.

In the event of a repeat offense, a convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 and above will be required to have an ignition-interlock device for two years.

Also, from now on, persons convicted of second-offense DUI or above will no longer be able to wait out their license prohibition period of three years before getting their driver’s license back.

If a person has two or more DUI convictions and refuses to put an ignition-interlock device in his car, then he must turn over the license plates and registration to all vehicles registered to that person.

Persons under 21 who refuse a breathalyzer will have their license suspended for six months. If the person under 21 has a previous DUI conviction in the past three years, then the suspension for refusing a breathalyzer is one year.

One other new wrinkle in the law: Since August, all users of ignition-interlock devices have had to upgrade the devices to include cameras. This is to prevent others from blowing into the device to get a car started.

For more information on this matter please give me a call at 803-786-7102 or contact us today!

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