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Totowa NJ DWI Defense Attorney: Explaining Ignition Interlock Devices in DWI Cases

DWI Defense Lawyer in Passaic County, New Jersey

Alissa D. Hascup has extensive experience defending clients charged with drunk driving and alcohol-related offenses, including second offense DWI and refusal to submit to a breath test in Totowa, Little Falls, Passaic, Clifton, Wayne, and Paterson. Ms. Hascup has experience on both sides in DWI cases, so she knows how to fight DWI charges and potentially get your case dismissed.

Ms. Hascup is a former municipal prosecutor who frequently prosecuted DWI matters. This means that she knows how the other side thinks when she defends you.

Contact Alissa Hascup for a free consultation, and feel free to keep reading this page for further information about DWI charges and the Ignition Interlock Device.

Ignition Interlock Devices: The Law in New Jersey

On December 1, 2019, the DWI laws in New Jersey changed.  ALL individuals convicted of DWI (first, second, and third offenses, notwithstanding your blood alcohol content) are now required to install an ignition interlock device . An ignition interlock device is a blowing device that tests the driver’s blood alcohol content. It disables the ignition of an automobile until the driver blows a clean breath test sample into the device.

First, Second, and Third Offenses: The new DWI statute now requires that a first-time DWI offender pay for the installation and maintenance of the ignition interlock device for a period of between three (3) months and fifteen (15) months (depending on their blood alcohol content). Second and third-time DWI offenders are required to install and maintain the device for the period of their license suspension and for a period of two (2) to four (4) years following the return of their driver’s license.

Costs and Embarrassment: These devices can cost upwards of $100.00 per month, in addition to installation, maintenance, and removal fees. It However, the worst aspect the interlock ignition device is that it is visible to other people, which can humiliate the driver.

New Jersey Alcotest 7110 Certified DWI Defense Lawyer

The state of New Jersey uses the Alcotest 7110 breath-testing device when prosecuting DWI cases. This device is manufactured by Draeger Safety. Ms. Hascup is quite familiar with the components of the machine and she understands how the Alcotest 7110 device works. She can use this expertise to attack the reliability of the breath-test result in your case. This is crucial because the Alcotest 7110 is used by prosecutors in ALL New Jersey DWI cases.

Contact a Passaic County NJ DWI Lawyer Today

If you are facing a DWI or DUI charge, contact Alissa Hascup without delay so she can evaluate the evidence in your case and formulate a strategy to help you. You can call Ms. Hascup anytime, or you can simply fill out the online contact form.

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If you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you want a battle-tested, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Alissa D. Hascup will protect your rights and your freedom. She is highly skilled and incredibly motivated and puts clients first – always.

Please contact Ms. Hascup’s office today to request a free initial consultation about your criminal charges. She will review the facts of your case, answer your questions, and explain how she can best defend you.

Ms. Hascup can be reached 24/7. For your convenience, she offers night and weekend appointments, as well as virtual appointments.

Courts We Serve

In Passaic County, including Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, Passaic, West Milford, Hawthorne, Little Falls, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Woodland Park, Wanaque, Totowa, North Haledon, Haledon, Bloomingdale, and Prospect Park, in Morris County, including Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Randolph, Rockaway, Madison, Boonton, Dover, East Hanover, Montville, Lincoln Park, Pequannock, Butler, and Riverdale, in Essex County, including Newark, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Irvington, Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, Nutley, Maplewood, Millburn, Verona, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, Glen Ridge, Fairfield, and Roseland.


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Totowa, NJ 07512

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