Fairfax VA DUI Lawyer – Tampering with Interlock Device

If you are convicted of DUI in Fairfax Virginia after July 1, 2012 – even if you are a first time offender – you will be required to have an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle. Boone Beale, the DUI lawyers in Fairfax, VA warns against tampering with the interlock device.

When the interlock is installed in your car, you — and any other drivers of that vehicle – will be trained in how to use the device, and you are responsible for ensuring that any other users of the vehicle comply with all program rules.

You might be tempted to try to trick or otherwise get around the proper usage of the interlock device: don’t. According to Virginia code § 18.2-270.1, it’s against the law to tamper with or circumvent the proper use of the interlock device:

“No person shall start or attempt to start a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock system for the purpose of providing an operable motor vehicle to a person who is prohibited under this section from operating a motor vehicle that is not equipped with an ignition interlock system. No person shall tamper with, or in any way attempt to circumvent the operation of, an ignition interlock system that has been installed in the motor vehicle of a person under this section. Except as authorized in subsection G, no person shall knowingly furnish a motor vehicle not equipped with a functioning ignition interlock system to any person prohibited under subsection B from operating any motor vehicle which is not equipped with such system. A violation of this subsection is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

You should not get someone else to blow into the interlock device to start your car. The interlock unit requires rolling retests, which the other person would have to take, and the company monitoring the interlock can detect that pattern of behavior.

You also can’t use the excuse that someone else drove your car, and didn’t know the rules. On the interlock device, there is a warning label stating that:

“A person tampering with, or attempting to circumvent the ignition interlock system shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine or incarceration or both.”

The interlock device is meant to punish and deter drivers from drinking and driving again. This device alters many aspects of your life, and you have a right to a vigorous defense against a Fairfax Va DUI conviction. If you or someone you love has been arrested for a DUI, please contact Boone Beale, your DUI Lawyer in Fairfax, VA.