It's not often that we ask our Virginia readers to consider criminal cases in other states. That's because, as you're probably already be aware, each state has the authority to enforce its own laws. This means that what applies in one state may not necessarily apply in another.
Virginia has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation, and that includes requiring even first-time DUI offenders to install a Breathalyzer-like device in their cars in order to keep driving. As you may know, even a first-time conviction for DUI in Virginia could get your driver's license revoked for up to a year.
If one doesn't get you, the other one will. That's Virginia's tough approach to drunk driving offenses. If you are convicted of a first DUI offense, the court will often require you to have an ignition interlock device installed on at least one vehicle. If the court doesn't order installation of the device, the Commonwealth of Virginia says on its website that the Department of Motor Vehicles will. (The cost of those devices is about $500 for a six-month installation and rental.)