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Ignition Interlock Devices in Texas

An ignition interlock device is a device which is installed inside a motorist’s vehicle and prevents or inhibits the function of the vehicle if its sensors detect the presence of alcohol on the breath of the motorist or if the motorist ceases blowing into the sensors. A new breath sample must be given to the device every twenty minutes or so to keep the vehicle operational. They are used a means of monitoring individuals with DUI convictions who require the operation of a vehicle for their employment or other emergent circumstances The device is implanted in their vehicle as an alternative to removing their ability to drive legally entirely.

Ignition interlock devices must be installed in the vehicles of persons convicted of more than one DUI within ten years or intoxicated assault or intoxicated manslaughter within any time period in accordance with statutes within the Texas Penal Code. The minimum time period courts are allowed to require this device to be present is generally half the period in which the motorist is under supervision, with the maximum being the full probationary period of the motorist. Additionally, the costs of installation of the device are the sole responsibility of the motorist unless otherwise indicated by the court.

Generally, those people who have been assigned the responsibility to maintain an ignition device on their vehicle have other serious issues to deal with. The help of a criminal lawyer is generally necessary if you want to dispute your requirement to have an ignition lock device on your car.


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