Driver's License Suspension
Believe it or not, your ability to lawfully drive on Texas roads is considered a privilege, not a right. For this reason, the Texas Department of Public Safety can suspend, disqualify and otherwise prevent you from renewing your license under certain circumstances.
Events that Lead to Suspension
- If you receive multiple citations within a short period of time or receive one or more citations for Driving While License Invalid or Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, the Department of Public Safety can petition the Courts to Suspend your Driver’s License. The terms of the suspension can range from six months to an indefinite period of time.
- The Texas Department of Public of Safety can also seek suspension of your Driver’s License through an Administrative License Revocation in certain DWI and DUI situations.
- The Texas Department of Public Safety can suspend your license for medical reasons as well. If the State feels that you have a medical condition that makes it unsafe for you operate a motor vehicle, they can petition the Courts to suspend or even terminate your Driver’s License.
- If you were in a car accident and have a civil judgment pending against you, the Texas Department of Public Safety can also seek to suspend your Driver’s License.
- There are many other additional ways a Court can suspend your license; however, the ones listed above are the most common.
Events that Lead to Ineligibility
The Texas Department of Public Safety can place a hold on your license and render you ineligible to operate a motor vehicle on Texas roads for the following ways, including but not limited to:
- Unresolved Traffic Tickets
- Traffic Tickets that are in Warrant Status
- OMNI base holds
- Outstanding or unpaid Surcharges
Losing your ability to lawfully drive on Texas roads can have a crippling effect on your ability to earn a living and support your family. Fortunately, the State of Texas cannot suspend your license without Due Process. If the State of Texas is seeking to suspend your Driver’s License, you will receive and Notice of Suspension. Once you receive the Notice of Suspension, you can request a hearing to contest the suspension. At the Driver’s License Suspension hearing, you can present evidence and testimony to defend yourself. There are three possible outcomes of this Driver’s License Suspension Hearing. The Judge can enter an order suspending your Driver’s License, place you on a probationary period or enter a negative finding.
If you are facing a Driver’s License Suspension or disqualification or if you have a hold on your Driver’s License that makes you ineligible to lawfully drive, it is very important that you contact an Attorney that has experience handling these matters.