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Lost Your Driver’s License Do To An Infraction
One of the most consistent calls at our Law Office is from drivers who did not know their license was suspended. Unfortunately for these drivers, they were pulled over for some other infraction and given a driving while license suspended ticket. There are many reasons why your driving privileges can be suspended. Numerous state laws and other driving violations can lead to a suspension. Below are some of the top reasons drivers get their licenses suspended.
Drunk Driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is still a big problem. Depending on how many times a driver has committed this offense, intoxication levels and whether he was involved in an accident all determine how long his license will get suspended. For a first-offense DWI in Texas, you will face a driver’s license suspension of 90 days to one year. If you have previous convictions for DWI, your suspension could range between six months and two years.
You are driving Without Insurance. All motor vehicles on the road must be properly insured. The Texas Department of Public Safety may suspend your license or registration for the following reasons: You’ve received two or more convictions for driving without insurance. The DPS has received notice that you’ve canceled your insurance. This also applies in cases where you allow a friend to drive your uninsured vehicle.
You are leaving the scene of an accident. In Texas, drivers are required to stop if they have been involved in a car accident. Suppose you fled the scene without giving aid or exchanging proper documentation. In that case, you can be charged with leaving the scene of an accident and have your license suspended for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries or death, or DWI.
Unpaid fines and fees. Approximately 7 in 10 license holds and suspensions in Texas are due to unpaid fines and fees. Regardless of why a person does not pay their surcharges, the Department suspends their driver’s license.
You are driving with a Suspended License or no license. The Texas Transportation Code also allows for an additional license suspension of the same length as the first. For example, suppose your license was suspended for six months, and you are convicted of driving during that suspension. In that case, your license will be suspended for another six months after the original period ends.
What Should I Do If My Driving Privileges Have Been Suspended?
Remember that you cannot drive your vehicle while your license is suspended. Having your driver’s license suspended is a serious matter and you must have the matter taken care of before things go from bad to worse. You may be facing possible jail time or having your suspension period increased if caught driving while suspended. If you believe you were suspended for one of the reasons provided above, talk to one of our traffic defense attorneys today to discuss your options.