If you are convicted of a DUI in Florida, you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. It is a breathalyzer connected to your ignition. If you are intoxicated, it will prevent your car from starting. You generally must pay for this device yourself unless you can prove that you cannot afford the cost.

Merely having a device in your vehicle is not enough, however. You need to provide proof of installation to the court, and the court may stipulate intervals at which you need to have the machine checked. There are ways to get around the lock and make your car start — but doing so is illegal and could land you in severe trouble. Here are the rules you cannot break:

  • You cannot get someone else to blow into the device for you.
  • You cannot drive someone else’s car when that car does not have an ignition interlock
  • You cannot tamper with the device or try to alter the way that it functions

You can still drive a company vehicle for work, without a device, as long as you carry proof that your employer has been informed of your driving restrictions. However, you are not allowed to if it is your company.

If someone helps you to circumvent these rules, they could face sanctions alongside you. However, there may be circumstances where you need to drive a car, such as a medical emergency. With the help of an experienced DUI attorney, you can explain to the court your extenuating circumstances and fight charges of tampering with the ignition interlock device.