If you've been arrested for driving drunk and your DUI attorney advised you to enter a guilty plea because of the evidence against you, one of the punishments that you might face is having to get an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. This is a fairly light sentence, in some respects — you can still drive your vehicle, for example, rather than have your license suspended. To avoid future legal complications, here are some dos and don'ts for dealing with your ignition interlock device.
Do: Use It Frequently
Your ignition interlock device records a comprehensive amount of data each time that you use it, and this information will be available to the court. For example, if you blow into the device after you've been drinking, not only will the vehicle not start, but the court will have a record of your poor decision. Conversely, if you make a point of using your vehicle while sober on a regular basis, there will be a long track record of you making smart decisions about not drinking before driving.
Don't: Attempt To Tamper With It
Someone with a curious mind might attempt to dupe his or her ignition interlock device, but this is a bad idea to consider. Many of these devices record attempts of tampering, which will show the court that you might have been trying to circumvent the device — presumably, with the intention of driving after you've been drinking. This could lead to further legal consequences.
Do: Understand Exactly How To Use It
You shouldn't have any confusion about how to use your ignition interlock device once you get it. The installer can give you a thorough overview and, if you have any questions, it's better to find the answers rather than use the device incorrectly. Different interlock devices have different functionality. Some devices actually have cameras to document who is blowing into the device. If your vehicle is equipped with this type of device, make sure that your face isn't obstructed, for example.
Don't: Drive When You're Not Supposed To
It's important to be cognizant of all of the terms of your punishment. For example, in addition to having to install the ignition interlock device, the judge may have imposed driving restrictions on you — perhaps you aren't permitted to drive at night. You should note that your interlock device's ability to track lots of data can reveal whether you've broken this instruction and driven when you weren't supposed to.