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May 17, 2024

When and How to Remove an Intoxalock Device After a DUI Conviction

If you’ve been convicted of a DUI, your judge will most likely require that you install an ignition interlock device (IID). IID’s are car breathalyzers that will prevent your vehicle from starting if they detect alcohol in your system. As an experienced New Jersey DUI defense attorney, I often get questions from clients about whether or not they can remove their IID and if so, when. Here’s the answer: You can only remove your intoxalock device when you’ve successfully completed the duration of time mandated by the court. Here are a few other things you should know about the intoxalock.

Your Intoxalock will analyze your breath sample and display a “PASSED START CAR” message if it’s below your state’s legal limit. If you’re still above the limit, you will be notified that your vehicle can’t start, and you will have a two-three minute countdown before the device shuts off the engine.

The Intoxalock is designed to be as easy to use as possible, and it’s a great way to help you avoid a DUI conviction. It will monitor your breath as you drive, and you will have to blow into the device before you can start your car and at regular intervals while you’re driving.

In order to keep your Intoxalock working properly, it’s important that you protect the device from extreme cold weather conditions. Intoxalock offers sleeves for its devices that will help to insulate them from the cold, but you can also use common household items to keep your device warm and safe. For example, you can wrap the Intoxalock in an oven mitt, blanket, sock, glove, or mitten. It’s important that the insulation is snug and fits securely around the Intoxalock, so moisture won’t collect inside.

Some people try to hack their Intoxalock devices by using a variety of techniques. Unfortunately, most of these methods don’t work, and they could damage the device or even cause it to malfunction.

One popular technique involves trying to use compressed air to fool the device. However, most interlock devices utilize a specific blow pattern that can’t be imitated with compressed air. Furthermore, many interlock devices have temperature and pressure gauges that are used during tests to ensure that only a human is blowing into the device. Attempting to hack the device in this manner can actually damage your IID and will almost certainly result in failure during a test, so it’s important to avoid it.

If you’ve been convicted of obtaining a DUI, an ignition interlock device will probably be a requirement for the duration of your court sentence. Intoxalock is a leading provider of Ignition Interlock Devices and has over 16,000 official Intoxalock Installation locations nationwide. If you’re having trouble with your device, contact an official Intoxalock location near you for assistance. If you’re ready to remove your Intoxalock, an official installer will disconnect the device and mail it back to Intoxalock for you. To find an Official Intoxalock installer, click here.