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DWI Dismissal Could Lead To Removal Of Ignition Interlock Device
Proving that the Wichita Falls Times Record News Online is just a little behind what
most people would consider news, a few days ago they ran a story titled “First
Offense May Require DWI Device”:
Repeat drinking and driving offenders in Texas know the hassle that comes with
the advanced charges, but soon, first-time offenders, too, could face a tougher
Texas state legislation mandates that repeat offenders be ordered to have an
ignition interlock installed on their vehicle as a condition of their bond.
However, that could change soon, as legislators are looking at amending the law,
making the interlock a requirement on the first offense.
Actually, the legislative session is over, and I’m pretty sure House Bill 1110,
which would have done just that, was left pending in committee, which is fancy
legi-speak for “went nowhere”. I say “pretty sure” because Texas has some funky
procedures regarding the Governor’s ability to call special sessions for certain
issues, but I haven’t heard of one for this… yet. Not saying it couldn’t happen.
At any rate, I found this tidbit from the article amusing. Sometimes journalists
like to rile their readers up, let ‘em know what sorts of outrageous consequences
there could be if a bill doesn’t pass:
For some, the device is only a temporary inconvenience.
How long does a DWI case take in Travis County?
Of course the answer to this question, like all of those that don’t provide enough
information to properly answer, is… it depends. But let me see if I can do better
than that anyway. The discovery process – getting the video, offense report,
intoxilyzer records if it’s a breath test case, and sitting down at least once to
substantively chat with a prosecutor about your case? – will take at least three to
four months, sometimes longer.
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