Interlocks Required on First Offense OUI Hardship Licenses

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Beginning in 2021, individuals convicted of or who plead to a first offense OUI/DUI will be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device if they wish to obtain a hardship license.

The new law requires interlock devices on first offenses if:

  • Have no prior OUI/DUI convictions or program assignments;
  • After being arrested for OUI/DUI they must have consented  to a chemical test of their breath or blood and the results must exceed 0.015;
  • They must be found guilty or enter into a plea;
  • Individual must decide to seek a hardship license during the balance of their license suspension;
  • Individual must be able to enroll in the Driver Alcohol Education Program, obtain the required hardship documentation and get to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to apply for and be approved for a hardship license.

Under the new law, if the operator’s breathalyzer test results are below 0.015 or (2) they decide not to seek a hardship license, the Registry cannot require an interlock device.

To be required to install an interlock device on a first offense OUI/DUI, the individual must meet all of the conditions outlined above to be required to install the device. 

If you are charged or have resolved a first offense OUI/DUI contact us today to learn how the team at Gilman Law, P.C. can get you back on the road.

Ignition Interlock Device
Ignition Interlock Device