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If a person is charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, they can face a criminal or civil driver’s license suspension, or both. If an individual is subsequently convicted of a DWI offense after refusing to submit to a chemical breath or blood test, they can receive both a criminal and civil license suspension.
Driver’s license suspensions are an unavoidable consequence to a DWI arrest that must be dealt with in a quick and timely manner to ensure the most favorable outcome. An administrative license suspension hearing often requires the support of a strong and knowledgeable DWI defense lawyer, and there can often be possibilities for some very favorable outcomes when cases are fully investigated before these hearings.
If you have been arrested for a DWI offense in Parker County, you deserve to be able to drive as long as you need to. Get a criminal defense lawyer on your side to give yourself the best chance at securing your right to drive and ensuring that you have qualified legal representation for any possible hearing you may encounter relating to your driver’s license.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy helps people with all kinds of driver’s license issues stemming from DWI arrests and we will make every active effort to help you be able to stay on the road right now and well into the future. You can have us take a closer look at your case and discuss everything about it with you when you call (817) 458-3226 or contact our firm online to set up a free consultation.
If a person is convicted of a DWI in Texas, they can face driver’s license suspensions under Texas Transportation Code § 521.344, depending on the type of DWI offense the alleged offender has been convicted of.
The period of suspension cannot begin before the date of DWI conviction and cannot begin later than the 30th day after conviction. The following are criminal driver’s license suspensions for a DWI offense under the Transportation Code:
If the police officer who pulled a person over on suspicion of DWI while they were operating a motor vehicle requested them to take a field sobriety test or submit to a chemical alcohol concentration test, including a breath or blood test, their driver’s license will automatically be suspended upon refusal, or even if they submit to testing and their BAC is over .08. This is considered a civil penalty, and can result in a suspension, regardless if they are subsequently convicted of a DWI offense and face additional criminal penalties.
After you are requested to submit to testing, the arresting officer will inform you about the penalties for refusing to submit to testing and the suspension periods for having an alcohol concentration over .08, even if a conviction does not result.
A first DWI refusal suspension is for a period of 180 days under Texas Transportation Code § 724.035. If the individual has one or more alcohol or drug related DWI refusals within 10 years before the current offense, their license will be suspended for a period of two years.
If an individual does submit to testing and has an alcohol concentration level (BAC) over .08, their license will automatically be suspended for a period of 90 days, whether or not they are subsequently prosecuted for DWI, according to Tex. Transp. Code § 524.022. If they have previously had any alcohol-related contact on their driving record within the preceding 10 years, their license will be suspended for a one year period.
An individual who has received an administrative license suspension can request a hearing under the Tex. Transp. Code § 724.041 in writing within 15 days of receiving notice of the license suspension. An administrative license revocation hearing request will postpone the license suspension until a decision has been made whether the license suspension was justified or not.
If an individual possesses a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and is convicted of a first DWI related offense while operating any motor vehicle, their CDL will be disqualified for a period of one year under Tex. Transp. Code § 522.081. If the individual had an alcohol concentration of .04 while driving their commercial motor vehicle or .08 while operating another motor vehicle, their CDL privileges will be suspended for one year, regardless if they were convicted of a DWI offense or not. If the offense involved transporting hazardous material, the disqualification period is increased to three years.
An individual can be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for life if they are convicted of two or more DWI offenses, or commit a combination of two or more of any of the following on separate occasions:
Anyone who possesses a CDL and refuses to submit to testing is immediately not permitted to operate their vehicle for 24 hours under Tex. Transp. Code § 522.101. A refusal to submit to testing will also lead to a disqualification from driving a commercial vehicle for one year under Tex. Transp. Code § 522.081.
An individual who is under the age of 21 can face a license suspension for one year if they are charged and convicted of a DWI offense under Tex. Transp. Code § 521.342. This is considered a criminal penalty.
According to the Texas Transportation Code § 524.022, the minor individual is also subject to an automatic administrative license suspension (civil penalty) for at least 60 days if they have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system, even if they agree to alcohol testing. If they have previously been convicted of a DWI offense, their license will be suspended for 120 days. If the minor has been convicted of two or more alcohol related offenses, their license will be suspended for a period of 180 days.
If a person under the age of 21 refuses chemical testing of their blood or breath alcohol concentration, they are subject to the same license suspensions as individuals over the age of 21. A first refusal to consent is an automatic suspension for 180 days. A second or subsequent refusal within 10 years will lead to an automatic suspension for two years.
Texas Constitution and Statutes – Civil License Penalties — This link is to Chapter 724 of the Texas Transportation Code, which defines an administrative license revocation, or a civil penalty to DWI. Administrative license revocations can occur if the alleged offender refuses to submit to chemical testing of the blood or breath for alcohol content, or if they submit and are over the legal limit of .08. Information about administrative license revocation hearings are also included in this chapter of the Transportation Code.
Texas Constitution and Statutes – Criminal License Penalties — This link is to Chapter 521 of the Texas Transportation Code, specifically sections 521.342 and 521.344, which provide for license suspensions for DWI related convictions. These are criminal penalties for DWI offenses, which only occur upon a conviction. A person whose license is suspended under Subsection (a) remains eligible to receive an occupational license under Subchapter L under Texas Transportation Code § 521.342(c).
Are you concerned about what is going to happen to your driver’s license because of a recent DWI arrest in the Weatherford area? You need to know that there could be multiple answers to all of your many problems, but you just have to take the first step in seeking the legal help that you need.
The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy understands how important driving is to many people in Parker County, and we actively work to help keep alleged offenders on the road throughout their DWI trials and long after so they can continue to earn a living and generally continue living their lives. Our firm is ready to help you get answers to all of your legal questions as soon as you call (817) 458-3226 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.
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