People charged with DWI or DWI-related crimes face immediate changes to their driving privileges at the arrest phase and during the post-conviction phase. Almost all DWI convictions involve some period of license suspension. Immediately after an arrest, a person may seek a conditional license pending resolution of the underlying criminal case. In certain circumstances some driving privileges may be restored, permitting travel to and from work, school, doctors, or court.
After a conviction there is another period of suspension or revocation of driving privileges. When that period ends, and driving privileges are restored, the person may be required to install an ignition interlock device for another period of time in order to operate a vehicle. To drive his or her vehicle, the person must blow into the IID and keep their blood alcohol content level at or below the preset threshold.
Texas Law Snapshot
Under Texas law, the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) in the vehicle used by a convicted drunk driver is mandatory for every person convicted or two or more DWI or DWI-related offenses. The court and the Texas Department of Public Safety work together to make changes to your drivers’ license and place conditions on your driving privileges when they are restored. Below is a quick overview of how the Texas Department of Public Safety ensures compliance with orders regarding the installation of ignition interlock devices.
Court Orders Cancellation of Drivers’ License
Texas DPS receives an order from the court restricting an individual’s ability to drive a motor vehicle until his or her vehicle is equipped with an IID. It generally takes 30 days to process such an order and place the restriction on the drivers’ license. Keep in mind the process is similar when the conditions on driving with an IID are removed.
Drivers’ License Issued with Restrictions
Once the fee is paid, Texas Department of Public Safety Issues a restricted interlock drivers’ license. With this type of license to operate any vehicle an IID must be installed. If the driver has a problem with his or her drivers’ license unrelated to the DWI and IID restriction, such as an expired or suspended license, those matters must be cleared before a restricted license will be given.
Make sure that if you own a car, you install the IID if you are ordered to do so. IID installation must be performed in a center certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety without exception. For more information on the requirements to obtain a restricted interlock drivers’ license, click here.
Every DWI Case is Unique
A good DWI defense attorney will guide you through every step of the DWI process – from arrest and arraignment to plea or trial. At The Law Office of Kimberly Griffin Tucker, P.C., we represent people accused of DWI in the Plano and surrounding areas of Denton County Texas. If you or someone you know has been arrested for DWI, contact us for a comprehensive case evaluation.
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