Ignition Interlock Violation Defense
Posted By Brooke-Stevens, PC
If you were charged and convicted of a DUI and your driving privileges were conditionally reinstated, requiring that you get an ignition interlock device installed in your car, you know what an overwhelming stressor it can be. You have to blow into the device to start your car and periodically blow into it as you continue to drive. The ignition interlock also keeps record of all data, which is regularly reviewed. A positive breath test can lead to incredibly serious consequences, so it is crucial to obtain the legal representation of an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.You might think that a violation means you are doomed, but the fact is there are many reasons why a device might log a violation at no fault of your own. This includes:Someone else breathes into the device: The ignition interlock requires you to not only breathe into it to start your car, but requires you to also breathe into it at random intervals while driving. If your friend thinks jokingly blows into the device while you are serving as the designated driver, the system will report the positive breath test under your name.Machines are not perfect, so it would be unreasonable to assume they never malfunction and give false readings. You might have a clean breath sample, but it might record a presence of alcohol. It is also possible for it to detect the presence of alcohol in a mouthwash or cold medication.Missing a testing period:While driving, you are only given a limited amount of time while driving to provide a sample. If you miss the window, it will be reported. However, you are not always on a stretch of road where it is possible to pull over and provide a sample. Despite not doing anything illegal, the state will still be notified of the violation.These are only a few reasons why you might be falsely accused of an ignition interlock violation. Make sure your first step after facing a violation is to consult with a DUI defense attorney to navigate you through this time.DUI and DWI Defense Attorneys in Muncie. Since 1984, the trusted DUI defense attorneys at Brooke-Stevens, PC have been guiding clients through each step of their DUI case, providing the answers and exceptional legal defense they need.For a free consultation, contact us today at (765) 663-4009.