If you are arrested for DWI in Texas, or you refuse a blood-alcohol test after being pulled over by law enforcement, and you do not immediately take steps to protect your driver's license, it can be suspended anywhere from 90 days to two years. If you are a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, it can be an automatic one-year revocation.
Often a court will order an individual to have their vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device (IID) as a condition of their bond or as a condition of probation. This device will only allow a vehicle to start once the driver has successfully passed a breathalyzer test. The driver may also be required to provide periodic tests while the vehicle is in operation.
To secure IID eligibility, and to achieve the best possible outcome in your DWI case, seek legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Who is Eligible for an Ignition Interlock Device?
An IID lets you drive as normal, which is beneficial to those who need a vehicle to get to and from their job or to complete necessary daily tasks. Drivers who are granted IID approval are not required to have one installed in a work vehicle if the employer is notified of the driving restriction. Installation and monthly monitoring fees can add up to more than $500 for six months or $1,000 for a year.
Individuals with multiple DUIs within 10 years, or those with a .15% BAC or higher when they were arrested, are not eligible for IID relief from their driver’s license suspension. They are, however, required to have an IID installed after their license suspension is complete, for a duration determined by the court.
Contact a Pleasanton DWI Lawyer
At Barrera, Cavazos & Powers, we fight to preserve the rights and driving privileges of those charged with DWI. This includes first-time DUI offenders and those facing a subsequent DUI charge. We provide an elite-level defense for our clients to secure the best possible outcome in their cases. For an in-depth consultation to see how BCP Law can help you, call a Jourdanton criminal defense lawyer at 830-769-1010 today.