DWLI, Driving While License Invalid, is where an individual drives a car while their Texas driver's license is invalid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunatly, no. Once suspension is criminal (the ticket/case), and the other is considered administrative.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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