How Do I Get My Ignition Interlock Device Removed?

In Virginia, as of July 1, 2012, if you are found guilty of any level of DWI, your restricted license is contingent upon you having an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle that you drive.

In other words, you can hopefully get a restricted license (at least for a first-offense DUI). However, you cannot drive a vehicle that does not have an ignition interlock installed. The law requires that device be on your vehicle for at least six months. The question then becomes: How do you get the device off?

Can my Ignition Interlock Device be Removed in Six Months?

Yes. If you’re convicted of a first-offense DWI in Virginia, the law requires interlock for the first six months of your restricted license. After six months with no problems, we would petition the Court to remove the interlock requirement. Assuming you’ve done everything you’re supposed to, that should be no problem.

The procedures vary depending upon the court where your charge was handled. It can even vary in the jurisdictions that we practice in around the Fredericksburg area. However, for any client of mine, We are 100% willing to help for no additional charge to get their ignition interlock removed. We see that as part of my continuing service per the original date.

How Do I Get My Ignition Interlock Removed?

The basic procedure to get the interlock removed is to file a motion to amend with the court where the case was heard. Assuming everything is clean and there have been no problems for six months, the judges around Fredericksburg will order the interlock to be removed.

The clerks will then type up a new restricted license order, and you can take that to Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) to have the device removed.

One interesting development that I’ve seen in one court around Fredericksburg is that they are streamlining the ignition interlock device removal. They can write up the interlock order in a certain way so that the judge doesn’t even have to be involved to remove it. That makes it even easier to get the device off your vehicle

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Contact Our Virginia DUI Defense Lawyers to Help With Your Ignition Interlock

As you can see, even something as simple as having your interlock removed can be a little bit challenging. It can vary depending on the local court where your case is pending. All the more reason to talk with and hire local experienced DUI Defense attorneys if you’re facing a Virginia DUI or DWI.

The Virginia DUI Defense Lawyers at Flusche & Fitzgerald are highly experienced lawyers who have handled many DUI or DWI cases around Virginia. Do not hesitate to contact our office today!


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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