Preserving Your Livelihood By Seeking An Occupational Driver’s License
Having your driver’s license suspended after a DWI arrest or for other reasons can have a negative impact on your life. However, it may be possible to retain some driving privileges while your license is suspended.
At The Law Offices of James Angelino, I am a criminal defense attorney who is committed to helping his clients understand occupational driver’s licenses. Whether your license has already been suspended or you are waiting for your administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing, I can complete the petition for the occupational license and see that it is filed in a timely manner with the court. Each court’s requirements vary, and I have extensive knowledge of how these cases are handled in Collin, Denton and Dallas counties, as well as the surrounding counties.
What An Occupational License Allows
If you are issued an occupational driver’s license while your Texas driver’s license is suspended, your driving privileges are limited. You are able to:
- Go to and from work, as long as you are not operating a commercial vehicle as part of your job
- Go to and from school and school-related activities to ensure your education can continue
- Go to and from child care, grocery stores, medical appointments and other locations that are part of your household duties
These are considered essential needs, and the court recognizes the hardship that may befall individuals who are unable to work, go to school or effectively care for themselves or their families.
Criteria For Ineligibility
Though many people obtain an occupational driver’s license without issue, there are several situations that would make you ineligible for this type of license, such as:
- A drug or alcohol-related offense was the result of a previous suspension
- Your license was suspended due to a DWI
- You have license revocations already on your record (at least two)
- Your job requires you to operate a commercial vehicle, such as a delivery truck or tractor-trailer
Most of these require a waiting period for the occupational license to be issued, and it may not be issued at all. However, I can fight for your driving privileges and show how not having a license will drastically impact your life.
Together We Can Explore Your Options
To learn more about driver’s license suspensions and how to obtain an occupational driver’s license, talk to me today during a free initial consultation. To schedule, call my office now at 214-310-9196 or contact me online.