Experienced Annapolis Ignition Interlock Violation Defense Attorney

Fighting against unfair ignition interlock violation charges in Maryland

An ignition interlock device may be installed in your car after a drunk driving conviction. It will not allow your vehicle to start if it detects a certain level of alcohol on your breath. It can be a real pain in the neck, but sometimes it’s the only thing standing between you and a jail cell. The consequences of a violation can be severe and long-lasting. If you find yourself in this situation, you want a tough Annapolis DUI/DWI defense attorney from Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law on your side.

I am Gill Andrew Cochran, and I have been providing the residents of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County with tough and strategic representation for more than 18 years. I know what’s on the line, and I fight to get the best possible outcome for your case.

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What is an ignition interlock device violation?

An ignition interlock system is placed on your car to prevent you from driving under the influence. It requires you to provide periodic breath samples, which the device tests for the presence of alcohol. As any experienced Annapolis DUI defense attorney will tell you, there are numerous reasons why the device may log a violation at no fault of the client, including:

  • Someone else providing a breath sample.Once a device is installed on the car, it requires readings no matter who is driving. So, for example, if your friend thinks it’s funny to blow into the system while you’re playing DD, the system reports his positive breath test under your name.
  • Missing the testing period.With an ignition interlock device, you must provide a breath sample to start the car. The system also randomly requires additional samples throughout your drive. Once notified to give a sample, you have a limited amount of time to comply. Well, what if you are on a long stretch of highway with no way to pull over? If you don’t provide the sample within the time limit, you get a violation. Even though you weren’t drinking or doing anything illegal, the state is notified of your violation.
  • False reading. The device is a machine, and machines sometimes malfunction. You may submit a clean breath sample, but the machine detects the presence of alcohol. Perhaps you recently took some medicine or rinsed with mouthwash. Any of these actions could lead to a false reading.

I have a lot of questions about ignition interlock devices

I thought you might. Most of my clients in and near Annapolis do. You can find the answers to your most frequently asked questions here.

But if you have a different question – like, “Can you help me avoid a DUI?” – call my firm.

Protecting your rights in Maryland courts

These are just a few of the reasons why an ignition interlock device can report a false violation. As a seasoned Annapolis criminal defense lawyer, I have a proven track record of successfully defending clients against accusations of ignition interlock violations. I listen to your story and help you determine the best course of action for your situation. Under some circumstances, that means arguing against the violation itself. In other instances, the best course of action is to soften the blow and work at lessening the penalty you may receive. Whatever road I take in your case, rest assured that you are receiving tough and strategic representation.

Put my experience to work in your Maryland ignition interlock device case

At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, I proudly serve the people of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. I work to keep my services affordable and offer free consultations. If you were accused of an ignition interlock violation, call my office at 410-271-1892 or fill out my contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. Someone is always available to take your call.

And remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.

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