License Suspension/Revocation Attorney Aaron A. Herbert Assists Texas Residents
Various traffic violations can lead to driver’s license suspension or even revocation in some circumstances. Continuing to drive with such licenses creates further legal nightmares- especially when involved in a car accident.
If you’re facing revocation or suspension of your license after a serious car crash, contact The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert for immediate help. Our legal team can create a personal action plan and immediately begin working to keep your license and driving record intact.
Common Reasons for License Suspension/Revocation
One of the most common reasons a driver may have his or her license suspended is driving under the influence (DUI). Texas law dictates that first-time DUI convictions may entail a 90 day to one-year license suspension, with multiple offenses leading to longer suspensions. Habitual DUI offenders may face license revocation after several convictions.
If the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) suspends or revokes a person’s driver’s license, he or she will need to meet the requirements for reinstatement. This typically includes attending driver safety courses, completing drug or alcohol rehab, paying reinstatement fees, or a combination thereof. Some of the other common reasons the DPS may suspend or revoke a driver’s license include:
- Causing an accident while driving without auto insurance coverage resulting in injury, death, or $1,000 or more in property damage.
- Committing several traffic violations.
- Undergoing a DPS evaluation which concludes the driver is mentally or medically unfit to drive.
- Refusing a breathalyzer or other chemical DUI test during a traffic stop. This will lead to an administrative license revocation and the driver may face other legal penalties, as well.
- Conviction for a drug or substance abuse offense.
- Driving with an already suspended license. This can lead to an extension of the suspension or total revocation, in some cases.
A driver’s license suspension will remain on a driver’s complete driving record and may cause problems later, such as higher premiums on auto insurance coverage or denied eligibility for auto insurance coverage from some insurance carriers.
Appealing a Suspended/Revoked License
If you lose your driver’s license in Texas due to suspension or the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) program, there are several ways you can appeal the decision to have your license returned or the suspension reduced. Drivers have 15 days following an arrest to challenge a pending ALR suspension by requesting a hearing. You can also request a hearing within 20 days after a license suspension. Hearing requests can take up to 120 days to process. Once a driver secures a hearing, the DPS will mail a notification to the driver with the hearing time and location. Missing a hearing will lead to a denied appeal.
Drivers who have had hearings can contest the decision of a hearing within 30 days of receiving the hearing suspension letter. Succeeding in a hearing is one way to overcome a driver’s license suspension. Aside from a successful hearing, the only other options for dealing with a suspension are waiting for the suspension period to end, completing court-ordered requirements for license reinstatement, or paying any necessary fees. Many drivers in this situation must also provide proof of financial responsibility, and some may need to complete drug and alcohol or driver safety courses to qualify for reinstatement.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Navigating any type of claims or appeals process is daunting, and the right attorney can not only help to speed up the process but also achieve a more favorable result. The Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. has helped countless clients all over Texas handle all manner of legal complications and civil actions, and we’re available to put our experience and resources to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. One of our attorneys will meet with you to discuss your case, the reason for your license suspension, and options for securing a reinstatement.