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Ignition Interlock Devices

Why am I required to have an ignition interlock device on my vehicle?

In the state of Texas, when an individual has been convicted of a DWI, DWI with injury, or any of the various types of DWI, a judge will suspend their license as one of the penalties of their conviction. The judge will also decide whether or not the individual will be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle. An ignition interlock device is a system that is designed to test for alcohol on a driver's breath and prevent the vehicle from starting if the resultant concentration is higher than the blood alcohol concentration allowed.

Judges will commonly order the installation of an ignition interlock device, as per Texas Transportation Code - Section 521.246, when an individual has multiple DWI convictions and they have had their license suspended after a conviction. Individuals are required to purchase and have the device installed at their own expense. The device will be required to remain installed for at least half of the individual's period of supervision. There are instances, however, when the court will allow the individual to operate a motor vehicle such as if they are required to do so in the course of their employment, if the vehicle they will be driving is owned by their employer, and if the vehicle is not owned or controlled by the individual who has restricted driving privileges.

If you or a loved one has been arrested, charged or convicted of a DWI, I strongly advise you consult with a DWI attorney from The Samuelson Law Firm immediately. My staff and I will take the time to thoroughly review you case, and we will work aggressively to either prevent you from having your license suspended, or help you obtain occupational licenses/restricted driving privileges. I will also fight to defend your rights and prevent the installation of an ignition interlock device. Should you be ordered to install an IID, I will work with you to ensure your requirements are met and fight to have your ordered time reduced. There are many different options available and I am committed to handling each case as I would want my own case handled, so you know I will exhaust all resources at my disposal.

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I am intimately familiar with the laws surrounding DWI charges and I have spent the last 15 years successfully representing clients, from all walks of life that were facing DWI charges. My staff and I are dedicated to delivering excellent service to each client and we are available 24/7 to answer questions and help you with your case-related needs. My firm has been acknowledged for our work with an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and I am regularly contacted by local and regional media outlets; ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox to provide them with legal commentary on DWI-related stories. I have also been quoted in The Houston Chronicle, The Galveston Daily News and the Wall Street Journal.

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