June 13, 2017By Brian Manchester
How The Change Will Affect Your Ability To Get One If You Are Convicted Or Already Convicted Of A DUI In Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock Limited License is a special license that individuals can apply for through Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This license is issued to an individual that had their general license suspended for a period of time. This special license allows that individual to drive and operate a vehicle with an Ignition Interlock system installed in the vehicle that they are driving. The Ignition Interlock system will not allow the vehicle to start should it detect alcohol on the individual’s breath then they blow into the system.
Pennsylvania Senate bill 290 was signed by Governor Wolf back in 2016. The section in Senate bill 290 dealing with how Ignition Interlock Limited License will become effective August 25, 2017. This bill at the same time will eliminate the ability for the individuals who have their licenses suspended for a Pennsylvania DUI under sections 75 PACSA 3731 or 75 PACSA 3802 or for a refusal to submit to chemical testing under section 75 PACSA 1547 to apply for or receive an Occupational Limited License. See my post on that matter.
Ignition Interlock Limited License is under 75 PACSA 1556 of the PA code. The new law states that it will apply to all offenses under Pennsylvania DUIs 75 PACSA 3802 and Refusals 75 PACSA 1547. The petition fee with PennDOT will be $65.00 and is nonrefundable and must be sent certified mail on the prescribed form from PennDOT. To qualify the law requires that all fines, cost, and restoration fees are paid in full, that the vehicle or vehicles in which the operator wants to use be equipped with an approved ignition interlock system, proof of the ignition interlock system must be proved with the petition, proof of financial responsibility covering all vehicles that the operator intends to use. If the applicant qualifies PennDOT must issue an ignition interlock limited license within 20 days after receiving the petition and all other required documents.
There are waiting periods associated with this special license like there were with the Occupational Limited License. Defendants who have not had a prior DUI offense are immediately eligible for the Ignition Interlock Limited License. All other DUI Defendants if they are serving a 12 month suspension then you must first serve 6 months of that suspension before being eligible. If you are serving an 18 month suspension then you must first serve 9 months of that suspension before being eligible. If you are serving a suspension for Refusing to submit to chemical testing and have a 12 months suspension then you must first serve 6 months of that suspension before being eligible. If you are serving an 18 month suspension then you must first serve 9 months of that suspension before being eligible. This license does not apply to those individuals in the ARD program. In addition time served on the ignition interlock license under this program does not reduce the time period in which you are ordered to have an ignition interlock program. You must complete your entire suspended time first on this license, then it will start to reduce the interlock period, if your sentence requires and ignition interlock.
Should you find yourself in a situation where you need legal representation whether it is dealing with a license issue or a criminal matter contact attorneys that are going to know the law inside and out. Here at Manchester and Associates we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At Manchester and Associates, we practice in criminal defense, thus we understand when people find themselves accused or charged with a crime, and the challenges that each individual case could face in the PA judicial system including license issues. With a combined experience of over 50 years, there is almost no situation we have not encountered.