When Can I Get My Ignition Interlock Removed?
State Compliance on Removal
The removal of your interlock device should be an exciting time. For those new to interlocks, you might be wondering, “When can I get my interlock removed?”
For anyone with an interlock, your removal will come at the end of your ignition interlock term. This refers to the length of time you were required to have the interlock installed by the court. By the time you’re ready to get your IID removed, you should have completed all or most of the obligations pertaining to your drunk driving offense, and it’s time to celebrate the hard work you’ve done.
Each state has different criteria around removal, but you will likely need to confirm with your state monitoring authority that it is time for your car breathalyzer removal. Some states may send out notifications regarding this, others might require you to contact the monitoring authority to receive the authorization.
It’s important to wait and receive confirmation before going ahead with your removal. Removing your device too early could be considered tampering, and it might result in your interlock term being extended. Once you’re authorized to remove your device, you will have to go to your interlock provider in order to have your IID removed properly. Your ignition interlock removal technician may need to see documentation authorizing removal before they can complete your request.
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Sentencing and Time Requirements
Ignition Interlock terms are typically defined by state law. The terms for drunk driving offenses vary by state, but are generally mandated for specific lengths based on the number of offenses and the severity of the offense at sentencing. In some cases, the judge has the discretion to shorten or lengthen the interlock term at sentencing based on the information provided to them by law enforcement and the defense counsel. This might include things like:
- Defendant’s blood alcohol content at the time of the offense
- Results of a substance abuse assessment undergone by the defendant
- Defendant’s participation in substance abuse treatment or education following their offense
- Other information presented by counsel or defendant
Many states require offenders to wait out a certain period of their license suspension before they can regain driving privileges. Typically, installing an interlock device is a requirement in order to begin driving again as well. So, an example interlock term might include waiting out 30 days of the suspension period, installing the interlock device, and keeping it for six months.
In states with compliance-based interlock policies, violating policy can cause your interlock term to increase. Violations include failed breath tests or attempts to tamper with your device. All data is shared with the state monitoring authority, which may decide to increase your interlock term based on these violations. This means your initial term outlined in court can be extended by several months, so it’s best to avoid violations if your state has a compliance-based interlock policy.
Things to Understand Before Removal of Interlock Device
1. Keep Your Removal Paperwork
2. Remove Your Device On Time
3. Learn From Your Experience
Making Interlock De-Installation Appointments
When you are authorized to remove your device, you can call ADS to make your removal appointment. At your appointment, you may be asked for the documentation or authorization paperwork. Technicians will remove the interlock device and send it back to the provider for you. They will ensure any remaining device data is properly downloaded and shared with the proper state authorities as well. Remember to be on time for your appointment and bring everything you may need to complete the transaction.