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What are the penalties for tampering with an ignition interlock?

| Mar 28, 2019 | Dui Defense |

In many Pennsylvania cases in which a driver has been convicted of driving under the influence, one of the penalties that will be assessed is that the person’s vehicle must have an ignition interlock device installed. These devices are used to measure whether a driver has alcohol in his or her system before it will start. Also, there will be the intermittent requirement that the driver blow into the device to ensure no alcohol was consumed from the previous time the test was given. If the driver registers a certain amount of blood-alcohol content or does not take the test, the vehicle will stop automatically and emit signals as to what has occurred.

An ignition interlock device is useful for people to be able to drive after DWI offenses. Some, however, will be accused of tampering with the device. There are serious potential consequences for this and having a legal defense is imperative. Tampering with the device can result in a fine of between $300 and $1,000. The person will also face a jail sentence of up to 90 days. To be classified as a violation under this law, the person will have committed the act at the location of the tampering or where it is registered. Tampering refers to altering or interfering with the device’s function.

Included in tampering is bypassing or circumventing the system. This can be done if the person gets a second person to blow into the device to determine the blood-alcohol content and subsequently drives the vehicle. It can also include giving a breath sample to bypass the ignition interlock device as it is required under the law.

People who are given the right to drive with the ignition interlock device on their vehicle might be accused of trying to get around that device in a variety of ways. If there are allegations that the person violated the law with the ignition interlock device by tampering with it or trying to get around its stated intent, there can be serious penalties that can have a negative impact. Having legal assistance in such a circumstance is just as important as it was when the DWI offenses were made. Calling a law firm that understands all aspects of DUI defense can help.