Texas DUI Charges – What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

Being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Texas can result in jail time, the imposition of fines, probation, the suspension of your Texas driver’s license, and/or the requirement to perform community service.  Many individuals who are convicted of driving under the influence are without a Texas driver’s license for quite a long period of time.  However, each DUI charge has its own unique set of facts and circumstances, and the penalties for each DUI charge may be different.  As such, it is very important to consult with a Dallas County DUI Defense Attorney no matter how minor or serious you believe your DUI charge is.  With the help of an attorney, you may be able to avoid a DUI conviction altogether. 

Overcoming Your DUI Conviction

 If you were unable to have your DUI charge dismissed, and you were ultimately convicted, you are now picking up the pieces and trying to move forward.  As part of that process, you will want to start driving again as soon as possible.  Texas does allow convicted individuals to start driving again, but restrictions may be placed on your ability to drive freely at any given time.  After you have completed the suspension period, you may begin to start driving again on the condition that you have an ignition interlock device (IID) attached to the ignition of your car.  This device is a small breathalyzer that you must breathe into before the car will start.  If the breathalyzer is clean, your car will start.  If there is any alcohol detected in your breath, the car will not start.

In order to obtain the ignition interlock device, you will have to pay a license fee to the Texas Department of Public Safety in addition to other fees.  This is certainly a cost that may make it difficult for some Texas driver’s to afford, however, it may be the best option available to you, as you otherwise would not be driving at all.  If you are able to have the ignition interlock device and you later have your Texas driver’s license suspended or revoked, you may no longer be able to drive with an ignition interlock device.  As such, you should work alongside a seasoned Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney who can help you make the right decisions if you are facing a DUI charge or prior DUI conviction.

Contact Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

Because Texas law enforcement takes DUI convictions very seriously, you need to be prepared for what to expect if you are pulled over, and what the consequences are if you are ultimately convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Overcoming a DUI conviction can be stressful, but an ignition interlock device can allow you to drive much sooner than you may have expected.  To make sure that you are aware of all of your options when facing a Texas DUI charge, it is imperative that you consider how a highly skilled Dallas County DUI Defense Attorney can help you build a strong defense to your DUI charge.  Jack Pettit is a former prosecutor and Dallas DUI Defense Attorney with more than thirty years of experience in the criminal justice system.  Jack Pettit will work diligently to ensure you are taking all steps necessary to reach a reasonable outcome given the individual facts of your DUI charge.  If you would like to speak with Jack Pettit about your DUI charge, contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.


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