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Read through this thread (sequence of events with Monitech violation), especially uncledave’s posts:
That might help to give you a better idea as to where you stand and what you can expect, even if your situation isn’t exactly the same as others who posted. It sounds like you’ve had a rough go of it, and apparently NCDMV can be pretty tough on people in similar circumstances. However, we all deserve second (or even third) chances in life once we’ve gotten ours together. Good luck with it.
This will be my last post in the NMA forums. It has been a tremendous help for me when I had an IID installed, as I hope it’s been for many others, many of whom probably lurk/don’t post. It’s easy to feel very alone and paranoid with an IID in your car (I speak from experience). But, at this point, things have changed-there are more NC providers, thresholds have decreased with device sensitivity, etc., so I feel like my input isn’t as valuable as (perhaps) it used to be. Also, I think I’m ready to fully emerge from the guilt, anxiety, and general psychological malaise that my DUI brought. Lurking/posting here doesn’t help with that. Bad memories, as I’m sure we all have.
For everyone driving with IIDs: hang in there. Remember, we put ourselves in the position to have to have them (not that it makes it any better/easier to digest). When they malfunction, I know how worrisome it is, but just document everything and be as proactive as you can to prove that you’re not drinking and that you take the program seriously. And if you are pushing your luck with drinking and potential violations, etc. -is it worth it? Not in my opinion.
Good luck everyone.
I had not heard of having to get a temporary license following the 1-year suspension (from conviction date) so that is news to me. I would call the DMV and see what direction they have to give. Sorry-it’s a hassle.
I am not a lawyer, so keep that in mind, but in the case of a first time, adult age, high BAC DUI (assuming this is the case with your daughter), the 1-year license suspension is going to begin on the conviction date. With no other complications (other than the interlock), there should be no ‘temporary license’ after the suspension expires. If anything, you daughter would get her license back after her suspension is up with a restriction for the interlock until a year with it has passed since it was installed, which would be a few weeks (often 45 days) after getting the license back. Maybe that’s what the people you’ve dealt with mean by ‘temporary license;’ the ‘temporary’ aspect of it is the temporary restriction for the interlock. After the interlock gets removed (and Monitech staff are going to prefer you bring them a license with the interlock restriction end date on the back of it to verify the de-installation is a go), you head back to the DMV to get the interlock restriction removed from the license.
Her conviction date and interlock installation look to be about 45 days apart, which is par for the course because you’re not allowed to drive at all for 45 days following your conviction. The interlock would need to be installed after that period (often the day after) to have a limited driving privilege.
For whatever reason, I’ve heard of people with license suspensions from DUIs having to take any number of the DMV driver license tests (mainly vision and driving) to get their license back when the time comes. A driving test is apparently not uncommon. I wouldn’t worry about it other than the very brief hassle it imposes.
Good luck getting any customer service whatsoever from your attorney following your conviction/after you’ve paid his or her fees. Their case loads are massive and they just don’t have time to attend to everyone’s questions, unfortunately.
Hope this helps.
I had a QuicTest (whether or not that’s the QT-1 model I’m not entirely sure but it sounds like it is if memory serves) and I wasn’t asked if I had any medical condition. I was told that the deciding factor on who gets (or doesn’t get) the LJ vs the QuicTest model is a matter of availability. So it sounds strange you were told that.
As far as the installation goes, my main complaint is that a lot of wiring was packed up against my clutch fluid reservoir which made it really hard (and nerve-wracking) to top off. Also, not sure if the two are related, but shortly after my de-install I had a check engine light for a busted ozone sensor and needed a new starter. I’m no car expert but it was quite the coincidence that I had electrical problems right after the interlock got yanked (and I am not implying any damage was intentional at all).
[edit: sorry, didn’t see you had it on for a year.]
I’d always to talk to your lawyer first to be sure (because there may be circumstances unique to you), but basically you’ll need to get your license back as soon as your suspension is over. Head to the DMV (a driver’s license office) on the date your suspension is up-you’ll still have the interlock in your car. If I remember right, it costs $100 for reinstatement from a DUI. Apparently, some people have had to take a driving test, but I didn’t. Once you get your license back, on the back, under ‘Restrictions,’ you’ll have a restriction listed for the interlock up to a certain date-usually 45 days after the date you got your license back. That’s the date the technician was talking about. Schedule an appointment to get a de-installation done on that date. The technician will ask to see the back of your license to verify that you’re eligible to get it removed when you bring it in.
After they take it off, monitech will give you a certificate saying you got it removed. Take that, and your license, to the DMV again to have them reissue your license without the interlock restriction on the back.
I don’t mean to concern you, but this is my understanding of what would happen if the hearing doesn’t go favorably: your husband would lose his license for a year, and then have to have the interlock installed again for another year (the time he’s had it on his vehicle wouldn’t count).
Somebody had to have taken a test for the device to have registered alcohol, let alone indicate that a test had been attempted in the first place. It doesn’t just go off by itself (I had my issues with it, but it never came up that I had a fail for alcohol on a test that I had supposedly taken while I was at work). Who took the test, then?
I’d have my ducks in a row for the hearing. You might consider at least consulting with an attorney who has experience with DMV hearings.
Again, I don’t mean to worry you, but this is serious business, and it will go a long way with the DMV hearing officer if your husband makes it obvious to him/her that he takes it seriously.
Please thoroughly read this thread for some good information and firsthand experiences with hearings. I don’t know of a better resource on the internet to read up on dealings with Monitech/NCDMV.
[edit: Biddy Boh is right-there is language all over the contract with Monitech that readings are presumed to be those from the person to which the IID restriction was assigned]