Driving With A Suspended License (DWLI)
In Texas, many people who are pulled over for minor traffic infractions, such as a broken taillight, are surprised to learn that their driver’s license has been suspended. Driving while your license is invalid is a serious matter that jeopardizes your driving privileges and can result in significant financial consequences. Most people will find that it is in their interests financially to hire an experienced lawyer to resolve the current and underlying legal matters arising from driving with a suspended, revoked or invalid license.
Attorney Matt Shanks is focused on helping you avoid or minimize the consequences associated with driving with an invalid license. For experienced defense in your driving with a suspended license case, call Cedar Park attorney Matt Shanks at 512-795-4165 or contact him online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Why Was My License Suspended?
In Texas, there are many circumstances under which an individual’s license can be suspended. Unfortunately, if you move and neglect to update your address with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), you may never even learn of your suspension. Some of the more common reasons DPS can suspend your license include:
- Habitual Violator Suspensions – having four or more moving traffic violation convictions within a 12-month period, or seven or more moving traffic convictions within a 24-month period
- Failure to appear in court for past traffic violations or failure to pay previous traffic fines and court costs
- Suspensions for DWI breath test/blood tests refusals or failures
- ALR Hearing suspensions (Administrative License Revocation Hearing suspensions)
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Driving While Intoxicated, Boating While Intoxicated, Intoxication Assault, and Intoxication Manslaughter convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for , Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Dangerous Drug, and Possession of Controlled Substance convictions
- Failure to complete a required DWI Education Programs following a DWI conviction
- Failure to complete a required Drug Offender Education Program following a drug offense conviction
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Racing convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Evading Arrest or Detention convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Failure to Stop and Render Aid convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Driving While License Invalid convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Fictitious License Plates, Registration Stickers, or Inspection Certificates.
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Fuel Theft convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Minor in Consumption of Alcohol, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Minor Public Intoxication convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Purchasing or Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Juvenile Truancy convictions
- Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for Driving with No Liability Insurance convictions
- Failure to pay reinstatement fees
- Failure to pay child support
- Out of state traffic convictions that cause your Texas Driver’s License to be suspended.
Minimizing The Consequences Of Driving While License Invalid
A charge for driving with a suspended or revoked license can result in steep consequences. Not only will you be required to pay fines and court costs, but you will also be charged a license reinstatement fee. You will then still face significant challenges getting your license reinstated. Without experienced guidance, the entire ordeal can be overwhelming and lead you to wasted time and unnecessary expense.
Matt Shanks has helped hundreds of his clients to resolve issues with their drivers licenses so that they can legally drive without the fear of arrest. He will work diligently to resolve all issues related to your initial license suspension and driving while license invalid offense, will work to avoid re-suspension of your license, and will guide you through the process to obtain your occupational drivers license.
Do I Need An Occupational License?
Certain types of suspensions imposed by DPS may require that you obtain an occupational license so that you are able to legally drive until your license is fully reinstated. Mr. Shanks can help you to determine if you require an occupational license and can assist you in obtaining an occupational license from the court.
Call For A Free Consultation About Your DWLI Case
If you are facing penalties associated with driving while your license is invalid, Mr. Shanks will take the time necessary to resolve your case so that you can move forward. Call 512-795-4165 or contact Mr. Shanks online to schedule a free consultation.