An ignition interlock device or breath alcohol ignition interlock device (IID or BAIID) is a breathalyzer for an individual’s vehicle. If it detects alcohol, it prevents the car from starting. Installing an IDD is a common requirement following a drunk driving offense such as DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated).

If you have questions about installing an ignition interlock device, Price & Twine, PLLC can guide you through the process.

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If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated and are now required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, Price & Twine, PLLC can help. Attorneys Michael Price and James Twine understand how stressful facing DWI charges can be and the legal consequences that come with it. They will work tirelessly to form a strong defense for your case and answer any questions you may have regarding ignition interlock devices.

Call (512) 354-1880 today to schedule your first consultation which is free of charge. Price & Twine, PLLC represents individuals in Temple, Taylor, Round Rock, Leander, Killeen, and many other surrounding areas of Williamson County and Bell County.

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What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

As stated previously, an ignition interlock device impedes people convicted of DWI from endangering public safety by drinking while intoxicated again. It prevents a driver from starting a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According to sec. 521.246 of the Texas Transportation Code, if the person’s license has been suspended after a conviction of an offense under Sections 49.04-49.08, Penal Code, they will be required to operate a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. The person will obtain the ignition interlock device at his or her own expense unless the court finds that to do so is not in the best interest of justice.

If the court determines that the person is unable to pay for the device, the court may impose a reasonable payment schedule for a term not to exceed twice the period of the court’s order. The interlock device will be installed for the duration of the period of suspension.

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Exceptions to an Ignition Interlock Device

Texas law also clarifies there are exceptions for issuing an ignition interlock device. Section 521.246 states that a person to may operate a motor vehicle without the installation of an approved ignition interlock device if:

  • The person is required to operate a motor vehicle in the course and scope of the person’s employment;
  • The vehicle is owned by the person’s employer;
  • The employer is not owned or controlled by the person whose driving privilege is restricted;
  • The employer is notified of the driving privilege restriction; and
  • Proof of that notification is with the vehicle.

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Additional Resources

Texas Department of Public Safety: Ignition Interlock Device – Access the official website for the Texas Department of Public Safety to view information regarding ignition interlock devices (IIDs). You can view different laws and regulations.

Texas Statutes: Ignition Interlock Device – Follow the link provided to access the official website for the Texas Transportation Code. You can view section 521.246 which lists the requirements for installing an ignition interlock device.

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Texas Ignition Interlock Device Attorney

If you have questions regarding alcohol monitoring devices and if one needs to be installed on your vehicle after an arrest, do not hesitate to reach out to a Texas defense lawyer as soon as possible. Price & Twine, PLLC has decades of combined experience handling criminal defense cases like yours, including various types of DWI.

Contact Price & Twine, PLLC at (512) 354-1880 for a free consultation today. Attorneys Price and Twine accept clients throughout Williamson County and Bell County in Texas.

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