Wednesday, June 17, 2020

How does a tamper / circumvent ciolation arise?

Some interlock companies are better than others at explaining how to avoid a tamper/circumvent violation.  Some will even help drivers send in documentation proving an innocent explanation before a reinstatement occurs.  Others will leave the fight up to the driver by herself. 

As a general rule, if the vehicle battery dies or if mechanical work is needed, the driver must document the problem (i.e., collect receipts, take pictures, preserve texts/phone calls, etc.) and ask the interlock company and/or SOS for permission to disable/replace the device.  This is often the only way to potentially avoid or appeal a major violation for tamper/circumvent.  If a reinstatement occurs, the driver has a short time window (usually 14 days from the reinstatement date) to request an appeal at the Secretary of State.  If that appeal is denied, the driver can often file a Legal Appeal in his County of Residence Circuit Court. 
If you have received a Major Violation notice, please call us immediately. After all, the process of license reinstatement in Michigan is difficult enough! If you have any other questions/concerns about the BAIID device and any claimed violations, call Dan and his team at   We’re available 24/7, we know everything there is to know about BAIID Ignition Interlock devices, and we’ll fight zealously to protect or restore your license.  For more information, visit us at, or call 24/7 at (734) 263-2780. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Michigan residents who have had their driver’s license revoked for OWI but reinstated are often required to install an Ignition Interlock device (technically known as a “BAIID” for Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device) in their vehicle.  These same devices are notoriously fickle, in that many drivers encounter countless technical glitches with them.
One of the most common technical glitches is called a “tamper or circumvent,” which gets reported anytime the BAIID unit is disconnected or loses power. Tamper and circumvent violations arise from loss of battery power in the vehicle. This often happens unintentionally, from driving an older car, or from the cold Michigan winter. 
Such violations can make a difficult process even worse—if you are struggling with your license reinstatement in Michigan and need help, Michigan License Lawyer is here for you!
For more information about tamper and circumvent violations, visit our website!