We all know that drinking and driving is dangerous, and many also know how easy it is to think we’re more sober than we actually are. We seem fine, maybe a little buzzed, but still okay to drive. That buzz is likely enough to push us over the legal per se Texas DWI limit of .08 percent, and Texas doesn’t offer many easy ways out once we hit that number… with one exception. We can qualify for, or ask for an ignition interlock device.
A first-time, simple Texas DWI offense (.08 BAC, no property damage, injury to others, etc.) may be eligible for a plea bargain… if the offender opts for an ignition interlock device on their vehicle(s) in exchange for a lesser charge. Texas says you cannot avoid the state’s ignition interlock requirement and recently expanded access to ignition interlock devices for all offenders. So, if a first-time, low-BAC offender wanted to restore his or her driving privileges, an interlock is a fair bargain.
Remember, a Texas DWI plea bargain doesn’t erase a conviction even if an interlock part of the bargain.
It just reduces the legal impact of your incident. You’ll face less hassle and frustration with an ignition interlock device, even if you don’t have a Texas DWI plea bargain option. In exchange, you’ll get to maintain your freedom to drive for work or other obligations, like medical appointments, school or court-related meetings.
Buzzed driving is drunk driving, even if you really feel you’re okay to drive. Once you’ve had a drink, you should probably go ahead and plan for a safe ride home. That way, you’re not a danger on the roads, facing a Texas DWI or worse, and everyone else can enjoy the night, too. A plea bargain shouldn’t be your biggest hope after a night out with friends, but many more safe celebrations and good times for all.