Yes. You may lose your driver’s license if you get convicted of a DWI in Texas. An automatic administrative license revocation (ALR) suspension will be triggered if you get a DWI or if you get arrested for DWI and refuse to take a breath or blood test. It’s important to note that this suspension is separate from the license suspension you may face when you get convicted of a DWI charge.
Driver’s License Suspension for Adults Convicted of DWI
You must serve a suspension period of up to two years and pay a reinstatement fee worth $100 on top of any other fees you’re required to pay. In addition, you must submit proof of completion of an alcohol education program within 180 days of your conviction date or risk your license being revoked. If your license is revoked, you will need to pay a fee to reinstate your license.
You must also apply for an ignition interlock restricted license if you need to drive. But if your driving privileges have been suspended on top of the ignition interlock device requirement and you need to drive to run errands or go to work, you may qualify for an occupation license.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Suspension
If you have a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or commercial driver’s license (CDL), your CLP or CDL may be disqualified or suspended for a year or more if you get a conviction for an alcohol-related offense. If you don’t have a CDL or CLP but drive a commercial vehicle and get an alcohol-related conviction, your commercial driving privileges may be suspended, and you will not be allowed to apply for a CDL or CLP during this suspension period.
Depending on your specific charges, you may face a CDL suspension for one to three years if it’s your first offense, or a lifetime CDL suspension if it’s your second offense.
Driver’s License Suspension for Minors Convicted of DWI
Minors may have their driver’s license suspended for one year. A subsequent alcohol-related offense may lead to a suspension of 18 months. They must also pay a reinstatement and other outstanding fees. They may have their license suspended for 90 days if the court orders a community supervision requirement that requires an interlock ignition installation. Additionally, they must apply for an ignition interlock-restricted license if they need to drive.
But failing to complete the required alcohol education program will lead to an extra 180 days of license suspension and a reinstatement fee.
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If you are facing a charge of DWI in Texas, the San Antonio DWI defense lawyer at Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC can safeguard your legal rights and fight to secure the most favorable outcome for your case. We know how crucial your driving privileges are, so we will work hard to have them reinstated. Please set up your case review with our San Antonio DWI defense lawyer by calling 210-222-9132 or completing our online form.