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Wednesday, April 1, 2015


How satisfying it must be to finally have your driving privileges restored. You get the news right after the hearing is concluded, the hearing officer tells you that his order will come in the mail and what to do thereafter. Everything in the world is good! But, pay attention!!! You’re not out of the woods yet.

You now have one full year of interlock waters to navigate.

The reasons why don’t matter as much as the fact that interlock violations are much more prevalent than they were in the past. And, I would imagine there’s nothing more that could ruin your day more  than an interlock violation that could have been avoided with a little bit of effort.

It seems that violations will materialize out of thin air and not always at the most convenient times, but, with a little bit of knowledge as to how to address such annoyances you can be back to your busy schedule with as little interruption as possible.

Hearing officers, as a group are pretty suspicious. They deal with people who desperately want/need to drive and, sometimes will say anything to get driving privileges. So, when violations crop up, part of what may be going through their heads is, “is this one of the people who scammed me and is now getting caught because he’s not really sober?!?”

Actually, a substantial degree of violations are related to interlock company problems and can be resolved by calling them as soon as a problem arises. Otherwise, the best thing you can do if a violation occurs is to go to any nearby police station for a Breathalyzer test. Before you go through the trouble of finding a police station however, try rinsing your mouth with water, waiting five minutes and retrying the interlock device. If you blow zero’s then you should be ok. If there is still a problem with the machine then the police station is going to be necessary.

But what if there is no police station around?? The next best thing to do is to is to go to a lab for an “etg” test. This may have to be done the next day if the lab is not open at the time of the problem. The type of lab I’m referring to is the same type of lab you went to for the ten panel drug screen for the initial DAAD hearing.

An “etg” test will establish the presence of alcohol for the prior three days, so, if you present yourself within 24 hours of the problem, the test should be all we need to resolve the violation.

If the violation is not for the showing of the presence of alcohol (eg. The car showed a loss of power), then documentation showing why power was lost will, at the very least, be necessary. If your vehicle needs repairs, establish whether or not the facility will be disconnecting the power so that you will be able to verify it with the interlock company.

For the most part, violations will be able to be rectified without the necessity of a hearing. But regardless, if you are experiencing problems with your interlock requirements call the Law Offices of Martin Lievois in Troy at 248-419-1566 or in Flint at 810-250-4550.

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