Interlock Ignition Devices and Texas DWI Laws

  • If you’re facing DWI charges, you may be wondering whether you will need an ignition interlock device or not if you’re convicted of a DWI. These devices are designed to protect the public from those with a history of drinking and driving, while also allowing you to get to work and to the grocery store without calling a cab every time.

    Here is some information to help you understand when you could be required by law to have an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

     

    What Are Interlock Ignition Devices, and When Does Texas Law Require Them?

    When you’ve been convicted of an alcohol-related offense, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in order to drive. In fact, most people want the device installed, as the court is more likely to grant you a temporary driving permit when you are willing to have this device.

    Some prosecutors will offer you a plea deal with a lesser crime attached and fewer penalties if you’re willing to get an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

    So what is an ignition interlock device? It is essentially a breath test device that is attached to your car and will only allow your vehicle to operate if it shows that you have not had any alcohol.

    These devices can be ordered for even a first offense DWI, but whether you’re ordered to have one will depend on the circumstances of your case, the prosecutor on your case, or the court’s preference. However, after two or more DWIs, the law requires the installation of one of these devices.

     

    How to Avoid an Ignition Interlock Device

    The best way to avoid the consequences of a drunk driving conviction is to not be convicted. A lawyer can assist you in fighting your DWI charge. Contact The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy right away to start building your defense. Dial 817-605-1010 or head to our website for more details.