I Got Locked Out of My Interlock What's Next?
If you are on probation or deferred for a DWI type crime or if you are on pre-trial release for a DWI, chances are you have an interlock device installed in your car. What happens if you blow dirty and get locked out of your device? This guide will help you out.
What is the Interlock Device?An Interlock Device is a device that is installed in a vehicle. that requires a person to submit a breath sample prior to starting the vehicle. These devices also require the driver to submit samples while driving. Contrary to popular belief these devices do not determine whether or not you are above the legal limit. Instead, they test whether or not there is any alcohol in your system.
What Happens when the Interlock Device Locks You Out?When the interlock device detects alcohol it will not allow you to start your vehicle. It will require you to wait a certain amount of time (usually 15 minutes) Once you calibrate your device any violations will be reported to your Pre-Trial Services Officer or to your Probation Officer. At that point, the Pre-Trial Services Officer or Probation Officer will write a report which will be submitted to the judge. The judge can then, issue a warrant or adjust your conditions of probation or bond.
How Can A Lawyer Help?If you have had a violation of your interlock it is a good idea to hire a lawyer right away. First, the attorney can get ahead of the problem and manage the potential consequences. If a warrant is issued an attorney can help you by walking you through the basement of the courthouse. If the judge is going to adjust your conditions of bond (usually to include SCRAM or additional breath tests or a switch to a mobile device) the attorney can talk to the judge and explain why the violation occurred and why certain conditions should not be imposed. Avoiding a warrant and lessening consequences are good reasons to hire a lawyer as soon as you are aware of a potential violation.
ConclusionInterlock violations are potentially serious and can result in a judge issuing a warrant for your arrest. If you have had an interlock violation It is a good idea to hire a lawyer so that you can possibly avoid having a warrant issued for your arrest.