Driving While License Suspended Lawyer

DWLI Lawyer, Suspended Licenses


What is Driving While License Invalid or Suspended (DWLI)?

DWLI, Driving While License Invalid, is where an individual drives a car while their Texas driver's license is invalid.

How a Lawyer Can Help with your Driving While License Invalid or Suspended case:

If your license has been suspended and you need to drive in Austin, a Lawyer can help you drive legally over the suspension, during the time your license is suspended, by obtaining an Occupational License. An Occupational Driver's License allows you to drive in Austin during the suspension for employment purposes, school, court, and daily household chores.

What makes Driving While License Invalid or Suspended illegal?

The Texas Criminal Penal Code 521.457. Driving While license Invalid indicates a person commits an offense if the person operates a motor vehicle on a highway after the person's driver's license has been canceled or during a period that the person's driver's license is suspended or revoked under any law in Austin or of this state or while the person's driver's license is expired. An Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer can usually tell fairly quickly if you have viable defenses to a DWLI, or if a lawyer can get the DWLI dismissed via plea bargaining.

What are the Driving While License Invalid or Suspended Punishments in Austin?

An offense of DWLI or DWLS is a misdemeanor punishable by: (1) a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500; and (2) confinement in Austin county jail for a term of not less than 72 hours or more than six months. If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this section that the person has previously been convicted of an offense under this section or an offense under Section 601.371(a), as that law existed before September 1, 2003, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor.

Common Austin Criminal Cases Involving DWLI, Driving While License Invalid:

The most common DWLI, Driving While License Invalid, cases and DWLI, Driving While License Invalid, arrests in Austin or Travis County involve an individual driving after a prior offense has suspended his or her Austin Texas driver's license, such as a DWI or other austin tickets.

Why is my License Suspended?

Your license may be suspended for a multitide of reasons, from Austin traffic ticket violations, convictions, unpaid surcharges, accidents, or lapses in automobile liability insurance.

Quick Guide about Suspended Licenses

Can I get a temporary license?

In most cases, a Lawyer can help you get a temporary license, called an Occupational License, in Texas, that lets you drive in limited circumstances while your license is suspended.

What are your Fees?

Our lawyer fees vary depending on the area (Austin or outside) and type of Petition we'll need to file on your behalf. Typically the lawyer fees are less than the cost of another DWLI ticket.

Do I need to Pay my Surcharges before I can get a temporary license?

No, you do not need to pre-pay your surcharges. You will need to pay the surcharges before having your Driver's license reinstated, but you can use an Occupational License to drive during the suspension.

I have several warrants for outstanding tickets. Can I still get an Occupational License?

Yes, a Lawyer can help obtain an Occupational License if there are pending Austin cases and Austin warrants. You will need to pay or resolve the Austin warrants and Austin tickets before having your Driver's license reinstated. However, you would still be subject to arrest on the Austin warrant.

How Long can I get an Occupational License for?

A lawyer can create an Occupational License to be valid for up to two years. If at the end of two years your driver's license is still suspended, a Lawyer can apply for an extension.

Isn't it Double Jeopardy for Austin DPS to Suspend my Driver's License again, after the Court did?

Unfortunatly, no. Once suspension is criminal (the ticket/case), and the other is considered administrative.

What if I never had a License? Can I still get an Occupational License?

If you were never issued a Texas Driver's License, or your license has expired, a Lawyer can arrange a new driver's test with Austin DPS to validate your Occupational License.

When can I get my actual Texas Driver's License back?

It depends on your suspensions and lenths, as well as the fees and surcharges you owe. Each case is different, but our lawyers handle a variety of ODL cases.

What is SR22 and why do I need it?

SR22 is a component of auto insurance that notified the State (Austin DPS) if you lapse in coverage. in other words, SR22 guarantees that Austin DPS will know if you don't have insurance. It is required on all Occupational Driver's Licenses, even if you have never had a DWI in Austin or Texas.

Can I get an Occupational License myself, without a Lawyer?

You may be able to, depending on the County and Court/Judge, but compared to other types of lawyers fees, Occupational Licenses are reasonably priced (at least with our office). The law and standard forms are constantly changing, and you want an Occupational License done correctly the first time, so you can legally drive as soon as possible. The wisest choice is to have an lawyer complete the process -- plus, you don't have to come to court! (in Austin only).

Can you help with Austin DWLI tickets and an Austin Occupational License?

Yes, our Lawyers handle Austin DWLI/DWLS as well as Occupational Licenses, and offer low combined lawyer rates that cover represention for both. Call us for a Free Consultation to see how our Lawyers can help with your specific circumstances. Call us at 512-761-5297.

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