Entries from September 2012

I THINK I WILL TAKE A CHANCE AND NOT GET AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105   If your license has been suspended the costs to reinstate your license can be overwhelming. Not only do you have to pay high fees to DPS but you have to figure out how to get to work and back to pay the State its dues. The obvious solution is […]

“ESSENTIAL NEED” DEFINED

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105 The occupational license laws in Texas not only provide that a person who is granted an occupational license may operate a motor vehicle to and for work purposes, but also he/she may drive for any “essential need.”  What exactly is an “essential need?”  Fortunately, the legislature, in their infinite wisdom, has […]

ALCOHOL AWARENESS CLASS FOR OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE HOLDERS

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105   There are many potential conditions for an occupational license holder dependent upon his/her particular situation, e.g., reason for suspension, number of suspensions, etc.  If a person failed a breath or blood test for intoxication (Section 524) or his/her license was suspended under the Texas implied consent laws (Section 724) then […]

HOW MANY HOURS CAN I DRIVE WITH AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE?

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105   A consideration by all people contemplating an occupational license is the number of hours you are allowed to operate a motor vehicle when you are issued an occupational drivers license. The Texas Transportation Code, Section 521.248 (b) states as follows:   b)  The person may not operate a motor vehicle […]

WHAT MUST AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE COURT ORDER STATE TO BE VALID?

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105   It is often asked by clients, what must the order granting an occupational license state to be valid so that the Texas Department of Public Safety will issue the occupational drivers license. Fortunately, the Transportation Code lists the minimum requirements under the law as follows:   Sec. 521.248.  ORDER REQUIREMENTS.  (a)  […]

CAN A PETITION FOR AN OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE BE OPPOSED?

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105   Once you have filed for an occupational license, can the State oppose your request to obtain the license? The answer is Yes. BUT, only for certain situations.   The Transportation Code states as follows:   Sec. 521.243.  NOTICE TO STATE;  PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE.  (a)  The clerk of the court […]

AUTOMATIC LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105   An occupational license can be suspended for numerous reasons and below is a list of automatic suspensions:   Sec. 521.341.  REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTOMATIC LICENSE SUSPENSION.  Except as provided by Sections 521.344(d)-(i), a license is automatically suspended on final conviction of the license holder of: (1)  an offense under Section […]

OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE FOR UNDER 21Y/O ALCOHOL SUSPENSIONS

THE BELTZ LAW FIRM 214-321-4105   Recently, a call came into our office regarding a person who was under 21 years old and received a suspension because of a conviction for driving while under the influence, asking about an occupational license.  Fortunately, the Texas Transportation Code does speak on this matter as follows:     Sec. 521.342.  PERSON UNDER 21 […]

Two Ways to Lose Your Occupational License

The Beltz Law Firm 214-321-4105   In previous blogs we have discussed the punishment for violating the court order granting an occupational license. This blog is about the two ways to have an occupational license revoked, punishment not at issue.   First:   Sec. 521.252.  LICENSE REVOCATION.  (a)  The court that signs an order granting […]