Driver’s license suspension in Texas can occur as a consequence of a variety of situations. In general, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) suspends or revokes driving privileges as a result of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs or participating in a crash. Texas DPS has two types of suspensions: mandatory and administrative suspension.
The following offenses lead to mandatory driver’s license suspension in Texas:
- Causing injury or death while driving under the influence
- Racing a motor vehicle on public roads
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Committing felonies
- Providing false documents and/or information
Depending on the nature of your charge, you may face various licenses suspensions. For example, a first-time DWI conviction can result in a maximum license suspension period of up to two years.
The following offenses lead to administrative driver’s license suspension in Texas:
- Driving with invalid license
- Violating traffic laws
- Participating in a collision
- Failing to provide medical information
- Failing to take and/or pass a mandatory drug test
- Failing to complete a drug education program
- Violating probation order and other offenses
Keep in mind, administrative penalties are separate from criminal penalties. So if your driver’s license was automatically suspended after an arrest, you must schedule an administrative hearing with the Texas DPS within 15 days. This hearing will allow you to challenge the circumstances surrounding your arrest and maintain your driving privileges.
Since losing your driver’s license can make it more challenging to commute to work, attend school, or conduct day-to-day activities, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to get your driving privileges back.
Contact the Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw and request a free consultation with our Allen criminal defense lawyer today.