We’ll do everything in our power to help you get your DUI charges reduced or dismissed, but sometimes you end up needing to get an ignition interlock device in order to continue driving for a set period of time. You’re probably not all that familiar with the device, and while we’ll try to answer all your questions, your best source of information is an ignition interlock installation technician.
Below, we take a closer look at some questions you’ll want to ask the technician so you’re clear of your duties when you’re driving with an ignition interlock device.
Questions To Ask During Ignition Interlock Installation
Not surprisingly, the court or your probation officer isn’t going to give you a pass on something simply because you weren’t aware of it, so be proactive about learning about your ignition interlock device so you know you obligations. Here are five questions you’ll want to ask during installation.
“How do I use the device?
You may think that you just blow into the tube, but there’s more to it than that. You need to power it on, blow into the device and use a specific blow pattern in order to register a result on the scan. Your installation tech can teach you how to do that.
“What’s the calibration and maintenance schedule?”
Devices need to be re-calibrated and maintained every so often, so ask the installer how regularly you need to have the device serviced in order to remain in line with state requirements.
“What happens if I get locked out?”
Each device has a lock out function that will prevent the car from starting after a failed test or too many failed attempts. Your installer can help explain what happens in the event of a lock out, and what you should do in the event of a lock out.
“Where can I get extra mouthpieces?”
Extra mouthpieces can help keep the device clean and sanitary, and they’ll be nice to have if someone else needs to borrow your vehicle. Most installers can sell you extra mouthpieces or direct you to where you can purchase them.
“Can I get a certificate of installation?”
Some states or probation officers require that you submit proof of installation of your interlock device. Your technician can provide you with a certificate or proof of installation so you can provide to the DMV, DoT or any other necessary governing body.
These are just a few of the questions that you’ll want to ask during your installation, and you can always reach back out to the company or your lawyer if questions arise along the way. If you need help contesting your DUI charge, reach out to the experienced lawyers at Appelman Law Firm.