Driving with a Suspended License
Driver’s licenses can be taken away for a number of reasons in Houston. When a driver’s license is suspended or revoked, that person’s right to legally operate a motor vehicle on public roads and highways is terminated, either temporarily or permanently.
If a person is stopped by a police officer while driving on a suspended license, several penalties can be applied. Some of those penalties may take place immediately while others can be assigned at a court date in the future.
Possible Texas Penalties
A license can be suspended for a DWI arrest, failure to pay traffic tickets or child support, driving related convictions and many other reasons. Getting caught while driving under a bad license can be punished with a citation or an immediate arrest and trip to jail. Repeat offenses can significantly increase any penalties for this offense.
According to the Texas Penal Code, the primary penalties are:
- A term of incarceration in county jail for 72 hours but no more than 6 months
- A fine in the amount of $100 but no more than $500
Legal Defenses for Driving with a Suspended License
Dealing with a charge of driving on a bad license usually involves dealing with the revoked driving privileges directly. For example, some drivers may qualify for an occupational license. This is a temporary driving permit that allows drivers to operate a vehicle for certain times during the day, usually during hours typically associated with work commutes. This type of license is usually issued for drivers charged with DWI.
After the suspension period elapses, a driver can file an application with the Department of Public Safety to have their license reinstated. A fine must be included with this application, usually in the amount of $125.
Drivers who have their license suspended may be able to contest the suspension in court. There is usually a short period of time in which to do this. An attorney can help gather and fill out the required paperwork and submit the completed forms to the correct authority within the required time.
Protect Your Driving Rights
Individuals who have been accused of driving with a suspended driver’s license in Houston are at risk of some serious penalties. It’s important to call a criminal defense attorney right away so he can begin building up a legal case. Reach out to Justin T. Surginer today by calling 713-589-8855.