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    Anonymous

    Hello, I live in CT and I have the Drager interlock device for one year and I am on probation and I had my first test fail after waking up in the morning trying to go to work after having a few drinks the night before. I obviously did not give myself enough hours to get the alcohol out of my system. However my interlock device does not tell me my BAC so I panicked because I’ve never failed before and thought I was doing something wrong and tried it again, failed again. I was locked out for the initial 15 min. period and at that point I knew I was going to be late for work and went back in the house to shower and ate and drank water and used the same mouth piece and failed once again. The interlock told me there would be a service lockout in 3 days. I notified the company and they told me to come to get it serviced. Once the information was pulled off the guy told me that I failed an initial high BAC then 2 more fails after which I knew already but still didn’t know what my BAC was. The guy told me the information goes directly to my probation officer? Is this true or does that information go to the DMV then they notify probation? I notified my probation officer that I had failed a test immediately and wanted to speak with him and explain. What should be my concerns? Is there anything I can do to explain myself? Should I call a lawyer? Does the information go right to probation and if so will they automatically violate me?

    Do you think I made the right choice by notifying my probation officer right away? Without him finding out the information later through the DMV? Have you heard of anyone having a violation of their probation on their first failed test? I know CT is cracking down on their DUI offenses hard and I am worried. Will I go in front of a Judge if there is a hearing or is it a DMV case hearing? I have nothing but the truth to tell my probation officer but I’m scared of him not trusting me or a judge not trusting me and violate my probation. I have done everything up to this point to comply with my probation. I have been to every drug & alcohol class they have told me to go to and I already started my community service hours. Please give me any more information you can I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks again

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    Anonymous

    There’s a big difference from someone who has residual alcohol in their system from the night before, as compared to someone who wants to get behind the wheel soon after drinking. The BAC readings should be relatively low and indicative of residual instead of recently consumed alcohol. The stated purpose of the ignition interlock device is to separate drinking from driving. In your case, you weren’t trying to “drink and drive.”However, if you’re prohibited from consuming alcohol as a condition of your probation, then you might have a problem.

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    There’s a big difference from someone who has residual alcohol in their system from the night before, as compared to someone who wants to get behind the wheel soon after drinking. The BAC readings should be relatively low and indicative of residual instead of recently consumed alcohol. The stated purpose of the ignition interlock device is to separate drinking from driving. In your case, you weren’t trying to “drink and drive.”However, if you’re prohibited from consuming alcohol as a condition of your probation, then you might have a problem.

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