When Do I Need an Ignition Interlock in Texas?

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In Texas, you may need an Ignition Interlock upon a DWI conviction. Texas is an all-offender Ignition Interlock state, which means you’ll most likely need an Ignition Interlock whether it is a first or repeat offense. However, the decision for an Ignition Interlock requirement in Texas is up to the judge in your county of conviction. The judge can make this decision based on several factors such as your type of condition, number of offenses, and more.

As of January 2018, here are the different cases based on your condition where an Ignition Interlock is mandatory in Texas.

Condition of Bond with a DWI Conviction

Offense NumberIgnition Interlock Requirement?
FirstJudge’s Discretion
.15 BAC or HigherJudge’s Discretion
SubsequentYes

Condition of Bond with Intoxication Assault or Intoxication Manslaughter Conviction

Offense NumberIgnition Interlock Requirement?
FirstYes
SubsequentYes

 

Condition of Probation with a DWI Conviction

Offense NumberIgnition Interlock Requirement?
FirstJudge’s Discretion
.15 BAC or HigherYes
SubsequentYes, not less than 50 percent of your supervision period

 

Probation Condition with Intoxication Assault or Intoxication Manslaughter Conviction

Offense NumberIgnition Interlock Requirement?
FirstJudge’s Discretion
.15 BAC or HigherYes
SubsequentYes, not less than 50 percent of your supervision period

Occupational License Restriction
If your license is suspended due to a DWI offense, you may be eligible to apply for an Interlock-restricted, or occupational, license. To be eligible, you need insurance (SR-22), pay a $10 license fee to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), and install your Ignition Interlock on all vehicles you operate. Keep in mind that you must apply for your occupational license 15 days after arrest.

Offense NumberIgnition Interlock Requirement?
FirstYes
SubsequentYes, not less than 50 percent of your supervision period

 

If you are a minor and placed on probation, a judge will most likely order you an Ignition Interlock.

When Do I Install an Ignition Interlock?

For condition of bond, you’ll need to obtain your device before the 30th day after the date you were released on bond. For probation, you’ll need your device before the 30th day after your conviction.

How Long Will I Need an Ignition Interlock in Texas?

Since Texas is a Judicial Ignition Interlock state, the decision for how long you’ll need your Ignition Interlock is up to your judge. However, usually first DWI offenses with a BAC of .08 or higher need an Ignition Interlock between 90 days to one year. For second offenses, it can be between 180 days to two years. Subsequent offenses can be between one to two years.

Smart Start is the ultimate Ignition Interlock provider in Texas with the most service locations state-wide. If you have any questions about your Ignition Interlock requirements or your Smart Start program, you can call our team at (800) 831-3299.

Need an Ignition Interlock in Texas?

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