If you've been charged with DWI in Travis County, you may be ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car as a stipulation of your bail. You may also be required to install a device if you've been convicted of DWI. Some people find interlock devices intrusive and a hassle to have to use, but if you must have a tracking device, often it's the best option. If you have questions about alcohol monitoring, our knowledgeable Austin DWI attorneys at Granger and Mueller PC can answer your questions at your free initial consultation.
If you're ordered to have an alcohol monitoring device, remember that you will be paying for it yourself. The court does not provide these devices to people facing DWI charges or enduring the consequences of a conviction.
Don't Make These Mistakes
There are certain things you can do to sabotage your efforts to not have to have an interlock device anymore. For example:
- You may have had an ignition interlock device in your car for a year with no incident. Then, during the course of negotiating its removal, you go to a party and drink too much. You wisely don't drive your car that night. But the next day, when you think you're okay, you blow into your interlock device and it still detects alcohol.
- You try to avoid having an ignition interlock device put into your car by claiming (or pointing out) that you don't have a car. This can mean you end up with a portable alcohol monitor, which in many cases ends up being more intrusive than an ignition interlock.
Don't make things worse for yourself by trying to game the system. Remember, the goal is to regain the most freedom possible. Doing that requires strategic thinking. We can help you make good decisions that serve your long-term interests.
Want To Know Your Options? Call Us To Find Out.
It costs nothing to have a consultation with one of our experienced DWI defense lawyers at our Austin, Texas, office. To make an appointment, call us at 512-474-9999 or email us. We can discuss your need for an interlock device and what might be the best course of action for you.