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West Virginia DUI Test and Lock Program Overview

What is the ATLP (Alcohol Test and Lock Program)?

The ATLP, also known as the Test and Lock program in West Virginia, is a state initiative designed to prevent drinking and driving. Participants must install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles, which checks the driver’s breath alcohol content before the engine will start. The requirement for this program usually follows a court order, potentially as an alternative to having your driving license suspended under certain circumstances.

How the Ignition Interlock Device Works

  • The device comes with a tube that requires your breath sample.
  • If alcohol is detected above the preset limit, the vehicle will not start.
  • Installation is often mandated by a judge to allow individuals the chance to keep driving legally.

Mountaineer Criminal Law Group’s Role

At Mountaineer Criminal Law Group, our experienced Fairmont criminal attorneys can guide you through every step concerning the ignition interlock system. We understand the complexity of this device and offer professional advice and support for:

  • Answering any queries regarding the installation and use of the device.
  • Navigating the application process, which includes submitting a form and a $100 mandatory fee.
  • Managing intricate paperwork and ensuring all requirements are met.

Eligibility Criteria for the Program

Eligibility largely depends on the nature of the DUI charge. Our Fairmont criminal lawyers provide clear understanding and assistance in determining if this program fits your situation by considering factors such as:

  • Whether it’s your first DUI offense with a blood alcohol concentration below .15%.
  • If avoiding loan suspension for 6 months through the installation of the device is preferable.
  • Circumstances with higher blood alcohol levels over .15%, offering a license retention option with longer interlock device installation periods.

Special Cases Involving Ignition Interlock Devices

In incidents involving serious injuries or fatalities, the repercussions can be severe. Among the options, installation of an ignition interlock device may be enforced to maintain driving privileges. This could include commuting for work or school purposes, instead of facing outright license suspension. Mountaineer Criminal Law Group, led by Sean Logue, possesses the experience and knowledge necessary to approach these special cases with the care and strategic planning they require.

Consultation with Our Fairmont DUI Lawyer

At Mountaineer Criminal Law Group, we are well aware of how a small mistake can have significant consequences. Our Fairmont DUI attorneys fight vigorously to defend your rights, with the primary aim to:

  • Keep your case results favorable.
  • Prevent license revocation.
  • Guide clients through the complex interlock program.

Seeking Professional Help

If you need to understand the complexities of the ignition interlock program or are currently dealing with DUI charges, reach out to our experienced legal team. Don’t face these challenges alone. Our commitment is to support you and help you move past these hurdles swiftly and effectively.

For more information or to discuss your specific situation, contact Mountaineer Criminal Law Group today, and entrust us to help you return to the driver’s seat without the threat of losing your license.

Client Reviews

I had hired Mr. Logue a few years ago for my gf at the time for charges she had gotten before I had met her, for prostitution. Big mistake to date her and pay for her lawyer as we didn’t work out but Mr. Logue far exceeded expectations. He got nearly all charges in 2 separate cases dropped for her...


I was arrested on a felony 3 charge looking at at least up to 2 years in prison. County District Attorney didn't want to negotiate. After a lot of hard work, Sean was able to plead the case all the way down to just 90 days jail with a work release. Better deal than I realistically could have hoped...

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Mr. Logue took our son’s cases on very short notice (the first lawyer we hired wasn’t getting anywhere with either of the prosecutors and had actually turned one of the cases over to the court-appointed attorney). We hired Mr. Logue to go to trial if needed, but he worked with both prosecutors and...

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