Suspended License Violations
A suspended license resulting from a DWI, drug offense, or other crime can hinder both your personal and professional life. You may think that you can get away with driving with a suspended license, but if you are pulled over, the penalties you face can be costly. In some cases drivers are not even aware that they are driving with a suspended license. Even so, you may find yourself being arrested for driving while your license is suspended or invalid (DWLS/DWLI).
If you are facing a suspended license violation charge, consider contacting an Austin criminal defense lawyer immediately. Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis can help you protect your rights in a court of law. Contact us today 512-472-1950.
Reasons for a Suspended License
Any of the following crimes or violations can lead to a driver's license suspension:
- DWI/DUI conviction
- Conviction of a drug offense
- Not having car insurance or proof of car insurance
- Accumulating a large number of traffic tickets
- Failing to pay a tax or surcharge issued by DPS
Penalties for Driving With a Suspended License
When you are pulled over and arrested for a DWLS/DWLI, you will likely have to have your car towed, which by itself can be costly. In Texas it is a Class C misdemeanor to knowingly drive with a suspended license. If you are convicted, the penalties for a DWLS/DWLI can be high and may include:
- Further suspension of your driver's license
- Up to $500 in fines for a first offense
- A $100 reinstatement fee
- An annual $250 surcharge owed to DPS for 3 years following your DWLS/DWLI conviction
Although DPS is required to inform drivers if they have their license suspended, many people never receive notice of their suspension or of the fines or surcharges that they owe to DPS. A criminal defense lawyer with experience in DWLS/DWLI cases can help defend you against a violation that you unknowingly committed to help you avoid further costly fines and penalties.
Don't let your DWLS/DWLI charge go uncontested. You have a legal right to defend your case in a court of law. For help with your driver's license suspension violation case, please contact experienced Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis today at 512-472-1950.
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