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What happens if the ignition interlock device breaks down?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2022 | Drunk Driving

Being charged and convicted of driving under influence (DUI) is stressful, to say the least. If you are convicted of drunk driving, one of the consequences you will have to contend with is the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car (the duration of the installation may depend on the nature of your conviction.)

Whether you voluntarily decide to install the IID installed in your vehicle or you do so following a court order, it helps to understand that the device comes with a number of rules that you must adhere to. A violation of these rules, including interfering with the IID can lead to serious repercussions.

So can you bypass the IID?

There are several tempting reasons why you might want to bypass the IID, like an emergency that arises after having a couple of drinks, the need to get home after unintentional drinking or just for the fun of it. However, you need to understand that an IID is more complex than you think. This device comes with multiple anti-tampering features to ensure compliance.

But what if the device breaks?

It is your job to ensure that the ignition interlock device is working at all times. That said, the IID is most certainly not going to malfunction on its own. If you try to buy and fix the parts yourself, then there may be a problem – your problem. No court is going to let you off the hook for this.

The only time you can get a free pass is when the ignition interlock device has a mechanical problem with your alternator or car battery. Still, you will need sufficient proof for this, like a receipt from the repair shop.

An ignition interlock device is a legal requirement if you are charged and convicted of drunk driving. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests when charged with drunk driving in Maryland.