Fort Worth DUI/DWI & Misdemeanor Attorney Justin Sparks
Suspended Licenses and Occupational Licenses
The suspension of your driver’s license (an Administrative License Revocation) is an inconvenience that may result from a variety of traffic crimes, substance abuse crimes, and even violent crimes. If you are convicted of any of the offenses below and do not receive deferred adjudication, your driver’s license will be suspended.
In most cases, you can receive an occupational license so that you can drive home and to work to maintain your employment. In order to do so, you will need to file a civil petition. You will be required to obtain an SR-22 from your insurance agent to show prepayment and proof of insurance, then appear in court with your attorney to prove your eligibility and essential need for an occupational driver’s license.
Alcohol & Controlled Substance Suspension
License Suspension Period
Alcohol Beverage Code Violations (Sale of Alcohol to a Minor/Purchase of Alcohol By a Minor)
1st offense – 30 days (ABC Sec. 106.071)
2nd offense – 60 days (ABC Sec. 106.071)
3rd offense – 180 days (ABC Sec. 106.071)
Breath/Blood Test Failure
90 days if no alcohol-related contact within 10 years of arrest date (Sec. 524.022)
1 year if previous alcohol-related contact within 10 years (Sec. 524.022), plus a waiting period of 90 days to 1 year before the occupational license can take effect in certain situations (Sec 521.251)
1st alcohol-related contact- 60 days (waiting period of 30 days) (Sec. 524.022)
2nd alcohol-related contact- 120 days (waiting period of 90 days) (Sec. 524.022)
3rd alcohol-related contact- 180 days (no occupational license at all) (Sec. 524.022)
Breath/Blood Test Refusal
180 days (Sec.724.035)
2 years if previous alcohol-related contact within 10 years (Sec.724.035), plus a waiting period of 90 days to 1 year before the occupational license can take effect in certain situations (Sec 521.251)
90 days to 1 year (Sec. 521.346, 521.451, 521.453)
Driving While License Suspended/Invalid (DWLS/DWLI)
Same as previous suspension period (Sec. 521.343 (c))
Fictitious Plates, Registration, or Inspection
180 days (Sec. 521.3465)
90 days (Sec. 521.292 (a)(10) and 545.421)
Racing on Highway
Under 18: 1 year + occupational license restricted to going to and from an educational facility (Sec. 521.350)
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