Ignition Interlock Violation Defense

In most cases of reinstated driving privileges, Michigan drivers are required to install and maintain in their car a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device—usually for a full year following reinstatement of driving privileges. The Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) is designed to measure and record the driver’s blood alcohol level. If the recorded level reaches above a particular limit, the ignition interlock device will prevent the car from starting.


Unfortunately, some drivers who are able to regain at least partial driving privileges on the condition that they use a BAIID, later find that their BAIID malfunctioned. If a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device falsely records a high blood alcohol level, the driver’s privileges may be revoked again, or the period of mandatory BAIID use may be extended. But, the device may malfunction once again.

The attorneys at Grabel & Associates have built a record of successful defenses against allegations of ignition interlock violations. We know that false positives sometimes occur when a person uses mouthwash, eats certain foods, or shares his or her car with other people who may have been drinking. Inaccurate results may also occur when the devices are not properly calibrated.

If you are facing the revocation of your driving privileges as a result of a BAIID violation, you have the right to present a defense at a hearing in front of the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division of the Michigan Secretary of State. In cases throughout Michigan, the attorneys of Grabel & Associates have successfully defended people who are victims of false positives or various BAIID malfunctions. We partner with experts who can determine the causes of false results, and present their findings at DAAD/DLAD hearings across the state. Call us today for a free consultation about the particulars of your case!


While Breath Alcohol Ignition Devices allow some drivers to return to the road safely, BAIIDs also have serious drawbacks. To ensure continued accuracy, they must be frequently re-calibrated. In addition, a driver who is ordered to use such a device must pay for the device and its installation, and is responsible for its maintenance and calibration—all of which can be expensive. Even more troubling is the fact that drivers are sometimes forced to re-test their breath while driving—which can lead to traffic violations and accidents. If the driver fails to perform the test, or gets a negative result, the car will simply stop, further increasing the risk of harm to the driver or other people on the road. False positive results can therefore be a serious problem.

If you have been charged with a BAIID violation, please contact Grabel & Associates right away to discuss how our firm can help you in the upcoming DAAD/DLAD hearing. Our attorneys work throughout Michigan, assisting clients in all matters related to such hearings.

For a free consultation with an experienced Michigan defense attorney, call 1-800-677-9795 (toll free) or fill out and submit our online “Contact Us” form.

We serve clients across the entire state of Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, and Detroit and all of Northern Michigan.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.

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