When you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in the state of Michigan, you may be required to install a blood acohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) on your vehicle. This device will measure your blood alcohol content (BAC), and your vehicle will not start before you pass this breathalyzer test.
Information from this device will be recorded, and can be used against you in court or throughout your probation. Without the help of a skilled Michigan DWI defense attorney, you could face driver’s license revocation or increased restrictions on your freedom for an ignition interlock violation. Contact an attorney now if you have been charged with OWI, DUI, OUIL, OWVI, or any other drunk driving charge.
Grabel & Associates will work to protect you from unnecessary restrictions on your freedom by aggressively defending your rights throughout every stage of the criminal process. If you are being investigated for intoxicated driving, we will fight to help you avoid jail, fines, and potential ignition interlock installation. If you have already been charged with DUI, contact us to find more about your post-conviction options. If you have violated the terms of your probation or committed any other BAIID violation, we will help defend you against additional punishment, which could include jail time.
Repeat drunk driving offenders will often have breath alcohol ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. You could also have a BAIID installed if you are convicted under Michigan’s “Super Drunk” law for driving with a blood alcohol content over 0.17%, even if it is your first offense.
The device works like a breathalyzer, and if you blow over 0.025 (or another preset limit), your vehicle will not start. These devices are designed in such a way that you cannot “beat” the test and start your vehicle after drinking. For example, you may have to make a noise while blowing into the ignition interlock device so that the machine is sure it is a person, not another device, blowing air into it. You may also have to perform periodical retests while driving, in order to deter people from having another person take the test for them. The device may also record a picture in order to verify who it is that is taking the test, which will be viewable by probation officers or the court.
Additionally, BAIIDs will be paid for out of your own pocket, on top of any fines or driver responsibility fees incurred by your conviction. An initial installation fee, plus potential fees daily for as long as you have the device can add up quickly, especially if you have already been subjected to financial strain caused by other initial punishment for your DUI charge. Contact our experienced criminal defense team now to fight against drunk driving conviction.
Ignition interlock devices are not without fault, and unfortunately, malfunctions can lead to wrongful conviction. At Grabel & Associates, we fight to protect our clients from BAIID malfunctions and false positives. False positive BAIID readings can occur after a person eats specific foods or uses mouthwash, and the device could also record a false violation due to other persons in the vehicle that have been drinking. Additionally, even when correct procedure is followed and the interlock reads a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC), the device may malfunction and result in a falsely high BAC reading.
If you violate the terms of your probation by attempting to drive while under the influence, you can face extended license limitations, fines, and more. Even a false positive could result in lengthened restrictions on your freedom, so contact an attorney now to fight against allegations due to BAIID malfunctions. Our lawyers will work to determine if the device was correctly calibrated and maintained, and represent you in your fight to retain your driving privileges.
Although a BAIID can be a means to keep your driving privileges after a drunk driving conviction, it is important to work with an attorney to determine if the device will be beneficial in your case. If you have been falsely accused of driving with a blood alcohol content over the preset limit, you could face an extended period of time in which an interlock device is necessary, or even lose your freedom to drive.
Our Michigan criminal defense firm works alongside experts to determine if your alleged violation was caused by a device malfunction or incorrect calibration. If a false positive leads to revocation of your driver’s license, we will help you defend yourself at a DAAD/DLAD hearing. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with clients facing Driver Assessment and Appeal Division hearings, and will help you fight against criminal penalties and license revocation in any of the state’s 83 counties.
Our lawyers combine for over 100 years of legal experience and have effectively utilized innovative legal tactics to earn beneficial results for clients statewide in thousands of past cases. Don’t hesitate to contact a Michigan DUI defense attorney if you have been charged with Operating While Intoxicated or Operating While Visibly Impaired. We defend clients facing all criminal charges for alcohol or drug intoxication and will protect you from unnecessary punishment.
If you are facing DUI charges or need a lawyer to assist you in your ignition interlock device case, call 1-800-342-7896 now. We are available 24/7 at our toll-free number to immediately begin gathering information that could be crucial to your case result. You can also contact us online and set up a free consultation with trial attorney Scott Grabel. We represent clients throughout DAAD/DLAD hearings and all other stages of intoxicated driving cases, and look forward to helping you achieve the best possible result in your case.