POTENTIAL LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE IN TEXAS
If you’ve recently been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you may be concerned about what potential restrictions you may face in addition to fines and jail time. In Texas, DWI offenders are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle which checks their blood-alcohol content before allowing them to start their car. This device allows the court to make sure you aren’t continuing to drive while intoxicated.
Before being allowed to start your vehicle, you must breathe into the device which will then check your alcohol content, similar to the way a police officer’s alcohol content monitor does. The device may also request a sample at random after your car has been started. Once the process is complete, a record of your blood alcohol content will be stored in the device and sent to the agency in charge of the interlock system.
If the interlock device detects alcohol in your system and you start your car, attempt to manipulate the device anyway, or refuse to comply with a random test while driving, the court will view this as a violation. As a result, you may be subject to additional penalties which may include having your license suspended for a longer period, having your license revoked, additional fines and even jail time.
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If you are facing additional penalties because of your ignition interlock device, you do not want to go to court without representation. The Butler Law Firm has Houston TX DWI attorneys on staff who are willing to fight for you to make sure your rights are protected when facing serious charges involving DWI.