People make mistakes. Some of them are just more dangerous than others. If you put the dishes back in the wrong cupboard, the risk is minimal. If you get behind the wheel after a few drinks, however, the risk for yourself and others on the road could be substantial. If you made a mistake and are now facing driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Texas, you should consider all of your options.
One of the biggest hassles about a DWI is the likelihood that you’ll lose your driving privileges. If you were previously convicted on DWI charges, your driving privileges may be suspended for even longer on any subsequent convictions. Thankfully, the state of Texas recognizes that driving vehicles is a necessity for many people. There is an alternative solution available to many of those who need to drive while dealing with a DWI.
Ignition interlock devices can help you drive safely
You may be able to negotiate to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle if you need to keep driving for work or other purposes. Once it’s installed and all fees are paid, you can get a limited IID license. An IID is a good compromise, as it allow you to drive safely while also reducing the risk of your driving while impaired.
With an IID installed in your vehicle, you have to perform (and pass) a chemical breath test before you can start the engine to drive. The IID may also prompt you to blow and re-test while you’re driving. If you fail, you face even more serious penalties.
It’s important to understand that having someone else blow into the device is a violation of the terms of your license, as is disabling the device or driving another vehicle while you have a limited license. If you get caught doing any of these things or otherwise breaking the terms of your license, you will likely face the loss of your limited license.
Getting an IID can help protect your future and rights
While paying for an IID may be budensome, it’s better than relying on carpools, ride-sharing services and public transportation to get where you need to go. If you keep arriving up late for work because of transportation problems, you could lose your job. An IID helps ensure you can still make necessary trips without endangering the public with potential intoxication behind the wheel.
An IID can also help your family. If you have children, they depend on you to get them where they need to go. Without an IID, you may have to call someone else to take you to the doctor if your kid gets hurt. Having a limited license isn’t a perfect solution, but it’s certainly better than losing all of your driving privileges as the result of a DWI charge.
If you have been arrested for DWI, keep in mind this critical fact: There are defenses. Speak with an experienced DWI lawyer to learn about possible defense strategies.