Virginia legal code §18.2- 270.1 spells out how anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) must install an ignition interlock device (IID) and respective electronic log in any vehicle registered to them. This IID must remain in place for at least six months post-conviction. The defendant must then submit proof of their current IID service and test results to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP). You may also be required to install an IID on your vehicle if you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test.
Many individuals who have an IID installed on their vehicle are under the impression that they can somehow bypass the system by employing tips and tricks they might find online. This may result in you violating the terms of your release on DWI charges and land you in jail.
What if you don’t attempt to tamper with your IID, and it somehow produces false results showing that you were intoxicated when you really weren’t? If you think that this isn’t possible, then think again. Such an occurrence could end up in your re-arrest.
Under what circumstances might an IID produce inaccurate results?
If the device isn’t properly calibrated to produce an accurate BAC, then it may record that you failed the test when you weren’t really intoxicated.
Another instance in which your IID may result in your re-arrest is if it’s cold outside. IIDs tend not to produce accurate results the colder it is, so you’ll certainly want to ask your installation tech about how to avoid false readings since the winter is fast approaching.
A third situation that may result in your facing re-arrest after a DWI conviction is leaving your vehicle on and unattended. The IID will randomly test you during your trip, which may occur when you leave your car on and step out to run an errand, thus causing you to fail it.
It’s also possible that a malfunctioning IID unit or a defective battery could cause the unit to produce an incorrect reading or not function at all, thus making it seem like you’re not living up to your court-ordered obligations.
You don’t want to risk ending up back in court again after having been convicted of DWI. The penalties for violating court orders or for repeat offenses can be serious if you do.