Restricted Interlocks

restricted interlocks

Restricted interlocks, which are also called ignition interlocks, are used to monitor people with alcohol-related convictions. They are often ordered as a condition of probation or prison release. These devices prevent you from starting your car without first providing a breath sample that determines whether you have consumed any alcohol.

If you have questions or concerns about the use of a restricted interlock in your DWI case, contact the Austin DWI defense attorneys at Minton, Bassett, Flores & Carsey, P.C. Call us today at (512) 476-4873 or contact us through our online form. We assist clients throughout the state of Texas, including residents of Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Burnet, Comal, Travis and Williamson. We will defend your rights and reputation.

Texas Restricted Interlocks Law

A restricted interlock is a device that connects to your car’s ignition. Before you can start the engine, you need to blow into the device, which will then measure the amount of alcohol in your breath. If the blood alcohol reading is at a certain level, the device will not allow your car to be operated.

A court has discretion to order the installation of an interlock device in your car as a condition of probation or prison release if you have a prior DWI conviction. Installation of the device is mandatory if you have been charged with intoxication assault or manslaughter.

If a court determines that you meet the restricted interlock requirements, notice is sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which will then notify you that your license is set to expire within 30 days. DPS also will provide you with information for applying for a special license. You must apply and pay the fee in order to receive a special license allowing you to operate a car equipped with a restricted interlock. It cannot be removed without a court order.

Contact Us Today

If you or a family member has been ordered to obtain a restricted interlock device, swift action is crucial if you want to retain your driving privileges. Call the Texas drunk driving attorneys at Minton, Bassett, Flores & Carsey, P.C., today at (512) 476-4873 or contact us through our online form. We have 45 years of experience representing clients in Austin, TX and the surrounding communities, including: Travis County (Creedmoor, Elroy, Manor, Pflugerville); Williamson County (Cedar Park, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Florence, Leander, Round Rock, Taylor); Hays County (Buda, Dripping Springs, Kyle, San Marcos, Wimberley); Bastrop County (Bastrope, Clearview, Elgin, Rockne, Smithville); Caldwell County (Lockhart, Luling); Burnet County (Bertram, Burnet, Marble Falls); and Comal County (Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Gruene, New Braunfels, Sattler, Startzville). We will defend your rights and reputation.