Ignition interlock is mandatory for all DUI cases in Virginia. It is expensive and it is sensitive. Many folks with ignition interlock find themselves returning back to court to face jail time because of positive readings on the ignition interlock. In reality, non-alcoholic foods and drinks can cause positive readings, or sense “residual mouth alcohol.” Certain medicines, fruits, and yeasts and dough can cause positive readings above the Virginia state limit of .02. Most of the time, the residual mouth alcohol will dissipate in 5-10 minutes–within the 15 minutes the interlock machine gives you to test negative. Even then, you still might get ordered back to court and face the possibility of jail, additional fines and license restrictions . You need an attorney who understands the science and sensitivity of the ignition interlock.
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