In addition to jail time and fines, you may be required to have an ignition
interlock device (IID) if you are found guilty of driving while intoxicated (DWI). This device acts as a breathalyzer test that you take to get your car to start.
Unfortunately, the court will not provide you with an IID. Instead, you
will need to visit an IID service center to have the device installed
in your vehicle. It is important to understand that all court-ordered
IID installations must be performed by service centers certified by the
Texas Department of Public Safety. You can expect to pay anywhere from
$50 to $200 for installation and $50 to $100 in monthly rental fees.
As soon as you get an IID installed in your vehicle, you will be required
to blow into it and successfully pass a breath test before your car can
start. To prevent other individuals from blowing into the device, you
will also have to perform multiple random tests while driving –
typically every 20 minutes or so.
If the device measures a BAC of 0.05% or more, an alarm will go off, and
the incident will be noted on the IID’s memory. Any tampering or
attempts to tamper the device will also be recorded, which can result
in more penalties.
If you have been arrested for a DWI in College Station, Texas, I can help
you get the charges reduced, or the case dismissed entirely. To speak
with an experienced and skilled DWI lawyer,
contact The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. and schedule a
free consultation today.