September 17, 2012
THE BELTZ LAW FIRM
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 to get an occupational license which will allow you restricted driving privileges. But, obtaining an occupational license is neither “cheap” nor “a piece of cake” to obtain. So, do you forego going out a few times with your buddies in order to save up for the occupational license or hope and pray a police officer doesn’t see y0u do something stupid while driving and pull you over? Well, if you are pulled over for violating a traffic law, it is possible that the officer may issue you a ticket for Driving While License Invalid (DWLI)or worse, arrest you for the same violation.
What is the difference? A DWLI can be a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine only or what will in all likelihood happen is the officer will arrest you and charge you with a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $2,000.00. Or, you could be placed on probation for up to two years.
Now, how much do you think it will cost you to properly defend a criminal charge of DWLI versus obtaining an occupational license?
Before you venture out onto those finely paved, smooth as silk, multi-lane autobahns we have been graced with in Texas, please consider doing the right thing which is don’t drive while your license is valid and obtain an occupational license if you must drive. DON’T RISK IT!!!!!
PS: A conviction for a DWLI may suspend your driving privileges for up to two additional years. Unless you are Donald Trump, I am sure no one is chauffeuring you around.
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