One of the most difficult issues which many people who are convicted of a
DWI must experience is the suspension of their driver’s license. Although
it may be tempting to drive while your license is suspended, this will
more than likely increase your legal troubles.
If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you could be charged
with a Class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
However, you may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor if you have previously
been convicted of driving after suspension or revocation, you did not
carry insurance at the time of your offense, or your license was suspended
for operating while intoxication. So in your case, you would be charged
with a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 180
days and a fine of up to $2,000.
Applying for an Occupational License
Not having your driver’s license can make your life more difficult,
especially because you do not have a reliable mode of transportation to
commute to work or school, run errands, and conduct day-to-day activities.
Fortunately, Texas law allows people whose drivers’ licenses are
suspended to apply for an occupational license – also known as a
hardship license or restricted license. These licenses allow individuals
whose drivers’ licenses are suspended to drive to and from certain
places during the suspension period, such as work, school, or the performance
of household duties.
To obtain an occupational license, you must do the following:
- File a request with the court that is handling your DWI case
- Get a court order for an occupational license and other supporting documents
to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Pay a $10 fee to get an occupational license
- Pay reinstatement fees
Even though the process of getting an occupational license may seem complex,
it is worth the trouble to get back on the road and get your life back
on the right track. Our College Station criminal defense attorney at
The Law Offices of Shane Phelps, P.C. can help you through the legal process and ensure it goes as smoothly
Contact us and schedule a
free case evaluation today.