When someone is arrested for the offense of Driving While Intoxicated in the State of Texas, they are often required to have an interlock device installed on their vehicle as a condition of bond. Because this condition is not always imposed, it is important to know what events trigger this requirement.

What is an Interlock Device required?

An Interlock Device will be required as a condition of bond when a person is arrested for:

  • Driving While Intoxicated (2nd Arrest and beyond);
  • Driving While Intoxicated with a child younger than 15 years of age in the vehicle;
  • Intoxication Assault; and
  • Intoxication Manslaughter.

Does the Texas Department of Public Safety have additional requirements for an Interlock Device?

It is important to remember that although the County you were arrested in imposes conditions of bond, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) may have additional requirements. For example, if you are required to drive with an Interlock Device installed on your vehicle you will also need to pay the “restricted interlock license fee” to DPS. This fee can easily be overlooked as it is not an obligation of the Court and you will not always receive this notice from the Court overseeing your conditions of bond. As of now, this fee must be submitted through the mail and cannot be paid online.

If you have been arrested for an offense related to Driving While Intoxicated, contact an experienced attorney at Edgett Law Firm. We will review your case to see if an interlock device was erroneously imposed as a condition of your bond.