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Is it a crime to tamper with an ignition interlock device?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2022 | DUI

As you probably know, Alabama has some strict penalties for those who drive under the influence of alcohol. In addition to facing possible jail time and hefty fines, you are likely to lose your driving privileges after a conviction. Restoring those privileges might mean installing an ignition interlock device on the vehicles you drive.

Ignition interlock devices prevent drunk driving by requiring drivers to provide alcohol-free breath samples before their vehicles will start. If you have an IID on your car, truck or SUV, it may be tempting to try to trick it, especially if you need to drive after having a drink or two. Doing so, though, is a bad idea.

A misdemeanor offense

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, circumventing or tampering with an IID is a criminal offense in Alabama. Therefore, if you do not follow IID protocols, prosecutors can file misdemeanor charges against you. Upon conviction, you could serve time in jail, pay a fine or both.

Complications for your future

Like others who have to deal with the inconvenience of IIDs, you probably want to be able to remove the device from your vehicle as soon as possible. If you tamper with the device or circumvent its functionality, you are likely to complicate your future. That is, in addition to facing possible criminal charges, you might have to keep the device on your vehicle for longer.

The most effective way to deal with an IID requirement is to follow all of the program’s rules to the letter. Ultimately, though, if you are facing charges or other complications after tampering with the device, it is critical to explore all your legal options immediately.