Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DWI) is a serious criminal offense in Texas. If you are charged with DWI, the process for assigning penalties is two-fold. First, you’ll face criminal charges which can result in jail time and fines. Then, you’ll face administrative charges which can result in your license being suspended or revoked.
While awaiting trial, you may be released on bond. According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the court “may impose any reasonable condition of bond related to the safety of a victim of the alleged offense or to the safety of the community.”
Possible Conditions of your bail bond
There are a variety of conditions that the court can attach to your bond. These include:
- Regularly scheduled drug and alcohol testing.
- House confinement or arrest, enforced with an ankle monitor.
- Home curfews if you are not under house arrest.
- Mandatory participation in a drug or alcohol awareness program.
Violating any of these conditions can lead to the court revoking your bond, which means that you will await your trial in jail. In some cases, you may post a new bond. However, new conditions and fees may be applied to the new bond.
Installation of an IID
Some magistrates will require the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) as a condition of bond. An IID is attached to the steering column and requires the driver to blow into a breathalyzer to start the car. You may also be charged for the cost of monitoring the device.
Clearly, if you are charged with DWI, you will need assistance in order to navigate through Texas’ laws. If you’ve been further charged with violating your bond’s conditions, make sure you get immediate help with your case.