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Consequences for cheating an ignition interlock device

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2021 | Dui Defense

Interlock devices, also known as car Breathalyzers, are often installed due to Florida state mandates for drivers who have DUI charges. One of the main things you should know about car Breathalyzers is that you shouldn’t try to cheat the device. This can result in fines and penalties, and you may receive additional criminal charges.

Operating an ignition interlock device

You’ll want to understand how these devices function if you need to have one installed. The interlock system is designed to keep the vehicle’s engine from starting if alcohol is detected in the driver’s breath. For the car to start, the driver has to blow into the device and pass a blood alcohol assessment. Most devices won’t allow the car to start if the driver has a blood alcohol content of 0.03 or higher. The driver must blow into the device for a few seconds to receive an accurate reading.

If the driver does not perform the test or fails the assessment, an alarm will sound in the vehicle, and the lights will flash. This alerts the individual that they cannot operate their vehicle, which helps to keep both them and other drivers and pedestrians safe.

What happens if you tamper with the interlock device?

If you already face charges for a DUI and you tamper with the interlock device on your car, you will be charged with a Class I misdemeanor. If your friends or family members help you tamper with the device, they will be charged with a misdemeanor as well.

A Class I misdemeanor should be taken seriously. If you are charged, you could spend up to 18 months in jail and be ordered to pay fines of up to $5,000. If you’ve been convicted of a DUI, tampering with the interlock device could affect your driving privileges.

When the court orders that an interlock device must be installed in your vehicle, it’s important to avoid tampering with it. Attempting to cheat the device will likely increase the penalties you face if convicted of drunk driving.