Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney Answers Questions about Driving on a Suspended, Invalid and/or Revoked License

There are many ways for a Texas motorist to lose his or her driving privileges. He or she may have racked up too many unpaid speeding tickets, or have had too many points assessed against his or her driver’s license. A motorist can also lose his or her license in connection with an alcohol related offense, such as DWI, or another criminal offense, like drag racing or using a fake id. Some drivers lose their driver’s license because they have been determined to be a “harm to others” by the court, due to a physical or mental impairment, or are chemically dependent.

When a motorist loses his or her license, he or she may have a “revoked”, “suspended” or “invalid” license. Since it can be quite difficult, if not nearly impossible to get around the great state of Texas without a driver’s license, many motorists that do not possess a valid license succumb to the temptation to drive. A driver who does not possess a valid license can be pulled over and arrested. The exact charge the driver will receive, will depend on the current status of his or her license. The following are the three most common charges a driver without a valid license can incur and how a Dallas County criminal defense attorney can help:

  • Driving on a suspended license: A person convicted of a DWI may have his or her license suspended for a specific amount of time, as part of his or her punishment. A person with a suspended license usually must satisfy a condition before he or she can request to have his or her license reinstated. In the case of a DWI, the driver may have to wait for the suspension time period to expire. However, in the meantime, the person may be eligible to apply for an occupational license.
  • Driving with an invalid license: A person with an invalid license, usually needs to do something in order to have his or license reinstated. Sometimes this can be as simple as paying fines or taking care of warrants for unpaid tickets. Once the hold is removed, the person can usually regain his or her license.
  • Driving on a revoked license: Unlike the above charges, a driver who has had his or her license revoked no longer has a valid license. There are several reasons why a driver may have his or her license revoked. One of the most common reasons, is if the person has a physical or mental impairment that renders him or her unable to operate a vehicle safely. For example, when a person loses his or her license due to advanced age, this is known as a “medical revocation.” If a person is charged with this crime, the best remedy is often for the person to resubmit an application for a valid driver’s license.

Driving without a valid license is a serious offense, and can range from a Class C to a Class A misdemeanor. While the maximum penalty for a Class C misdemeanor is only $500, a person convicted of a Class B misdemeanor can receive a fine of up to $2,000, and up to 180 days in jail. A qualified Dallas criminal defense attorney will not only help you fight the current charges, but can also help you to obtain a valid license, or an occupational license.

If you have been arrested and charged with driving on a suspended or invalid license, it is important that you speak with an experienced Dallas County Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible. To see how Attorney Jack Pettit can help resolve your legal woes, contact the Law Office of Jack Pettit today at (214) 521-4567 to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Our office provides services to clients in both English and Spanish. Major credit cards are accepted as well.


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