Should I be worried about DPS Surcharges on my tickets and citations? How much does it really cost?
Surcharges not only amount to a hefty fine on their own -- independent of any court costs and fines -- they also are recurring, meaning that DPS Surcharges are due for three years after some offenses or after accumulation of a certain number of points. Every effort should be made to avoid points and surcharges, which a Lawyer can help with.
Generally, the cheaper surcharge DPS will issue is the $750 DWLI Surcharge, and that's upon conviction. That means you'll be paying the court fine and court costs on top of the surcharge, often over $500 more.
Our Firm handles DWLI and DWLS Suspended License cases for far less than that total price -- and we include an Occupational License for no added cost to us (excluding DPS Resinstatement Fees and Clerk Filing Fee).
***You may be able to drive legally on an occupational license, even if you owe thousands of dollars in surcharges. ***
Chapter 708, Subchapter B. SEC. 708.052 involves the Assignment of Points for Certain Convictions. Specifically, Section 708.052 indicates:
Under Section 708.053. ANNUAL SURCHARGE FOR POINTS, each year, the department shall assess a surcharge on the license of a person who has accumulated six or more points under this subchapter during the preceding 36-month period.
Under Section 708.054. SURGHARGE, "The amount of a surcharge under this chapter is $100 for the first six points and $25 for each additional point."
Check your Surcharges through the DPS Surcharge Online System (Link)
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