The Minnesota Department of Public Safety/Department of Motor Vehicles provides great information concerning participation in the ignition interlock program. I would note, however, that this web site does not yet include the July 1, 2011, legislative changes.
This web site may be useful in determining the approximate cost of participating in this program. It is estimated that the cost of participation should decrease as the number of people participating increases. For now, the estimated costs are as follows:
- Installation fee: $90-$100
- Monthly maintenance fee: $60-$125
- Lock out fee: $50
- Removal fee: $50
The 2011 legislative addition of the ignition interlock device has built in requirements to accommodate low income offenders.
Under the new law, “the commissioner shall require manufacturers of certified devices to provide device installation, servicing, and monitoring to indigent program participants at a discounted rate, according to the standards established by the commissioner."
Just exactly what those monetary amounts will be has yet to be seen.
The 2011 legislative changes to Minnesota’s DUI laws can be complicated and sometimes difficult to understand. That is why it is all the more crucial that when you are charged with a crime such as a DUI, you immediately seek advice from an experienced attorney. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the better your chances that all of your options can be explored. At Bradshaw & Bryant, we have been helping people with all levels of charges from DUI and drug charges to physical assaults and homicides. We have put the time in to court to make a difference for you.