Can I Drive After a DWI Conviction?

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 as possible.

Contact us and schedule a free case evaluation today.