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Installing ignition interlock devices after a DUI charge

In the state of Texas, people with drunk driving convictions must get their vehicles outfitted with ignition interlock devices. This gadget requires drivers to blow into a mouthpiece to ensure that they don't have any alcohol in their systems before their cars will start.

Once someone is found guilty of a drunk driving charge, he or she will be financially responsible for getting the ignition interlock device installed. Payment schedules may be granted to those who can't afford it. The court will determine how long the apparatus will have to be used, which is usually the duration of the license suspension.

There may be certain situations when the court may decree that a person convicted of drunk driving is allowed to operate a vehicle that isn't equipped with an ignition interlock device. For example, if an individual is required to drive a vehicle for work, the device may not have to be installed. However, the employer must be notified about the person's driving privilege restriction, and that notification must remain in the vehicle the employee is required to drive.

Someone with a drunk driving charge is facing serious consequences that could prevent him or her from being able to work or live life normally. A criminal law attorney may help his or her clients work with the court in order to retain some of their driving privileges. A lawyer may even be able to get the penalties reduced or have the case dismissed outright if the authorities did not have probable cause to pull the person over or did not follow the proper procedures when conducting the traffic stop.

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