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It depends on the laws of your state and how your particular device works. In every case that I have seen you just need to provide a receipt for the work and it should never get to a judge.
Some interlocks require the car battery in order to store data. Others look at disconnecting the battery being part of bypassing the unit. As long as you have a receipt your should be fine – I had a manager at one interlock place tell me to just buy a battery cable and keep the receipt in case I ever had to disconnect the battery on my own for any reason.
For what it’s worth, the service center replaced the base unit. Time will tell if that solves the problem.
I have to say that I have not experienced the nightmare “customer service” that many complain about. It’s frustrating when the hardware malfunctions and I’ve had a couple of times where they messed up appointments and I arrived at a closed office. Overall the people at corporate and at the service centers have been courteous and supportive (both Guardian and Alcolock).
I have to wonder sometimes when I see others showing up for their monthly downloads with dozens of “fails.” If you are going to integrate the interlock into a drinking lifestyle then the problem may not be with the device. I’m still a raging alcoholic, but the device remains on the shelf until well past any boozing.
Probably depends on the state. In AZ MVD (not the interlock company) tells you when you are finished. I believe you get device removed at that time and final monitor report goes to MVD to get your clean license.
What state are you in?
Out here there is no mileage requirement. Some vendors actually have plans that include site visits for ‘calibration’ – basically you can put it in a car on blocks to satisfy the requirement. Of course that means no driving: driving sober without interlock is Class 1 Misdemeanor and dui without is a felony in AZ. Since I have no need to drive I’ll have it transferred to a piece of junk car and basically just bring it in for calibration. Tech at my vendor said one guy brings his car in with a tow truck.
Happy to report that I was able to replace battery this morning. I called support line and they said battery can be disconnected for up to 15 minutes. We did battery swap and car (and interlock) are functioning again. It really pays to call every interlock vendor (and get reviews) to find one that wants you to succeed. We had one ‘false positive’ of .024 on a rolling test and have had a base unit and a handset fail and vendor has been very supportive.
Probably the same everywhere – I was told if you fail in the morning due to possibly to having been drinking the night before then DON’T BLOW AGAIN. At next calibration check just say it was mouth wash and you got a ride to work. It is the ‘two fails in a row’ that triggers the vast majority of extensions. You may be out of luck – basically your interlock provider will have you write your excuse and they forward that to motor vehicles.
Thanks for the response – no doubt it’s ridiculous to be in that position. Her fear is poking into her record may set off a flag. If not this time, she’ll get a felony next time unless she changes.
I was fortunate enough to have been charged with Felony Resisting Arrest during my DUI – 16 hours in 4th Avenue Jail in Phoenix with guys looking at “20 to life” was all I needed. They never pursued resisting charge, but the experience was a brief look into what the consequences entail.
Oh, well, currently waiting for my son-in-law to deliver a car battery as my interlock says ‘low battery’ and car won’t start (acid all over terminals…) and wife can’t get to work. I work from home so my wife suffers for my crime – anyone just put the interlock in a junker and let it sit?