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Tampering with ignition interlock device and its consequences

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2024 | Drunk Driving Defense

Being charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Hampshire is stressful and comes with certain obligations. One of these obligations might include a court order to use an ignition interlock device. It’s crucial to comply with this order.

Just as important, however, is avoiding tampering with the device to prevent facing more severe consequences.

What does tampering with the device mean?

You may ask, “What counts as tampering?” Tampering extends beyond just physically altering the device. It includes a variety of actions, such as:

  • Enlisting someone else to blow into the device
  • Attempting to start the engine without taking the needed breath test
  • Disconnecting the device from its power source
  • Using substances like mouthwash in an attempt to manipulate the test results
  • Attempting to remove or turn off the device

Remember, these devices have the capability to record any attempts to bypass their functionality. The device can likely detect any tampering.

What are the serious implications of tampering?

If the state finds evidence of tampering, New Hampshire law may immediately suspend or revoke your license for up to 12 months. The court may also hold a hearing to decide whether you have disregarded the court’s order to use the device properly. If the court finds you in contempt, a sentence of up to 6 months in a county Department of Corrections facility could be your consequence.

The court has the authority to issue additional orders in the same hearing or separately to ensure your compliance with the rules. These orders might extend your license suspension or revocation for up to another 12 months. In total, you could face up to 24 months of license suspension or revocation, on top of any potential time in a corrections facility.

This is why it’s so important to comply with all court orders and avoid tampering with the ignition interlock device. But if you find yourself in a situation where you’re accused of tampering, remember, you shouldn’t have to face this situation alone. Consider consulting with a legal professional. They can guide and support you through these serious legal issues.

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