Ignition Interlock Devices
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If you were arrested for
DWI, you may wonder if you will be required to install an ignition interlock
device (IID) in your vehicle, a special ignition switch that prevents
your vehicle from starting if you have been drinking.
At The Law Office of John J. Fox, our attorney has
nearly 20 years of experience handling DWI cases and we have the knowledge, resources, and professional contacts
to defend your DWI charges!
Basic Information About IIDs
An IID is slightly larger than a cell phone and is wired to your vehicle's
ignition. Once an IID has been installed, it requires that you provide
a breath sample before the ignition will start. If the IID detects alcohol
in your breath, your vehicle will not start.
As you drive, you will be periodically required to provide breath samples,
this way the courts can be certain that you are not drinking while driving.
Texas Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Laws
In Texas, for second or subsequent DWI offenses (within 5 years) or with
a blood alcohol content (BAC) greater than 0.15%, the court will order
the offender to install an IID on all motor vehicles that he or she owns
for one year following a period of driver's license suspension.
- When applying for an occupational license, the court may require that a
first offender, and it must require that subsequent offenders (within
10 years) only operate vehicles that are equipped with IIDs.
- In most cases, the court will require that an offender who has been convicted
of intoxicated assault, intoxicated manslaughter, or a subsequent DWI
offense, upon release from confinement, to only operate vehicles that
have been equipped with an IID.
(Source: Penal Code §49.09(g), §521.241 et seq, and Code of Criminal
San Antonio DWI Defense Lawyer
On top of the sentencing and
penalties associated with a DWI, a conviction will incur an annual fee ranging from
$1,000 to $2,000 for three years to retain one's driver's license.
If you have been arrested for DWI, whether this is your first, second,
or subsequent offense, you should engage a San Antonio DWI attorney to
fight your charges.
DWIs are unique to other
criminal charges because they require that defense counsel has a working understanding
of how scientific evidence and legal processes intersect in DUI cases.
With years of experience defending DWI cases in the local courts, you
can trust Attorney Fox to challenge the evidence and cross-examine the
prosecution's witnesses in your case.
To learn more about our services and how we can help you, contact us