How Can I Speed up my Ignition Interlock Installation?

One of the common problems we have these days with DWI restricted licenses in Virginia is that the ignition interlock process takes some time to get set up. If you go to court for DWI and you’re found guilty, the clerks can typically give you a restricted license within a business day or two. However, getting the ignition interlock device installed can take quite a bit of time in some areas. The problem is expediting that process so you can begin driving to work again.

The solution that seems to work well if you think that a DWI conviction is probable is to pre-enroll in Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP). They won’t let you install the interlock device before court, but the VASAP office around here WILL let you pre-schedule the installation appointment for a time right after court.

This lets you jump ahead of the line for ignition interlock installation, and some companies have a 1-2 week waiting list. However, if you can get an installation appointment on the calendar several weeks before court and you schedule it for right after court that makes a shorter waiting period to get your ignition interlock device installed.

The quickest I’ve had a client be able to get his interlock installed is the afternoon of court. It doesn’t typically happen that fast, but pre-scheduling your ignition interlock installation can reduce the number of days that you can’t drive.

Andrew Flusche

My name is Andrew Flusche. I am a traffic and misdemeanor defense lawyer in Virginia. I limit my practice to traffic tickets and misdemeanor defense, so I know the ins and outs of these offenses. I literally wrote the book on reckless driving in Virginia which you can get on Amazon here or download for free here. I opened my practice in 2008 after earning my Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since then, I have earned over 600 5-star reviews from happy clients on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Virginia, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Your initial consultation is always free, and you'll talk directly with me about the details of your case.

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