I was getting ready to go to work and I blew into my breathalyzer and the result came back negative. I was locked out so I got a ride to work. This is the first time my device has reported a failure. Do I tell my P.O. or wait it out? When will my P.O. get this information & is this a violation of my probation? Will I get jail time for first violation? I am located in Virginia Beach , Va.
Absolutely tell your PO as well as maybe the ignition interlock installers. If your PO finds out later and even if it's not a violation, they will ask why didnt you just tell me. Its better to be proactive with probation as opposed to passive.
You are being supervised by a counselor at VASAP. Depending on the alcohol level it may or may not be a problem. The interlock provider might provide you some information. Then if showing as a violation and not malfunction you can discuss it with your counselor. VASAP decides if a violation and taking you back to court.
Since your PO will learn of this anyway, what is the downside of you informing him/her on your own? In addition, if you "own up" to it on your own, you gain credibility for being honest. Good luck!
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