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Are You Eligible to Have an Ignition Interlock Device?


Getting a DUI in Texas can jeopardize your driving privileges and leave you scrambling for other solutions to satisfy your transportation needs. Depending on your circumstances, suspension of your driving privileges may last for a while.

In some cases, you may have eligibility to get an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. This contraption allows you to maintain your driving privileges so long as you adhere to the requirements.

Eligibility for Installation

The consequences you face for a DUI will vary depending on circumstances including the following:

  • Whether or not this is your first offense
  • Whether or not you had underaged passengers
  • Whether or not you had an open canister in your vehicle
  • Whether or not your actions resulted in the harm of innocent people
  • Whether or not your actions resulted in property damage

Even if this is your first offense, you may lose your driving privileges. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, if your blood alcohol content level reaches 0.08 or more, you could get hit with a DUI. You could face a number of consequences including jail time, fines and loss of your driving privileges. However, once you satisfy the consequences of your DUI, you may have the chance of getting your driving privileges reinstated along with an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle. If you have paid the required fees for the device, as well as the reinstatement fees for your license, you may have your driving privileges returned.

Removal From Vehicle

Having your ignition interlock device removed from your vehicle depends on the requirements you received in the first place. If you tamper with the device or attempt to remove it on your own, you may face serious repercussions. After you have met the requirements, an authorized person can remove the device permanently.

Having an ignition interlock device enables you to maintain your driving privileges even with a DUI on your record. An attorney advocating for you can help verify your understanding of the legal consequences you face so you can satisfy them as efficiently as possible.