What is an Ignition Interlock?

Stephen H: Hello, my name is Stephen Hamilton. I’m a board certified criminal defense attorney practicing in Lubbock, Texas and the South Plains. And today’s video tip is what is an ignition interlock? An interlock basically is a device that if you are ordered to, you have to put it in your vehicle and your vehicle won’t start if you’ve been drinking or consuming any type of alcohol.

Stephen H: Do you have to put it in your vehicle? Well, there are certain times that you will. For example, if it’s a second DWI or a felony DWI arrest, the courts will typically order that as a condition of bond, you have to put that in your vehicle. There are times, for example, if you have a breath test that is over a .15 and you plead guilty, or if you’re found guilty of a DWI, you have to put it on your vehicle. If you’re under 21 and you’re convicted of a DWI, you’ll have to put it on your vehicle. And there’s some other times that I can tell you about that you may have to put the device on your vehicle.

Stephen H: What’s important to know about the device is not only do you have to put it on your vehicle, but once a month or once every two months when you take it back in, it’s going to download the data and send that data to somebody, the judge, the probation office, who’s going to check to see if you were drinking. So if you have an order of bond or probation that says you cannot drink, the last thing you want to do is have anything to drink and then blow into the interlock device.

Stephen H: If you have questions about the interlock device, how it works, if you have to put it on, call my office, (806) 794-0394. My name is Stephen Hamilton, and thanks for watching. Have a great day.

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