How Long Will My Driver’s License Be Suspended If I Am Convicted of DWI?
If you are facing DWI charges, there is a lot at stake. Not only do you face considerable fines, but you could also be looking at some time behind bars. Finally, your driver's license might also be suspended, but the length of that suspension will generally depend on several important variables. Losing your driving privileges can negatively affect your life in ways you might not have even considered, which is why working closely with an experienced criminal defense attorney is always in your best interests.
If You Have no Prior DWI Convictions
If you have no prior DWI convictions, a court can suspend your license for 90 days and up to one year.
If You Have a Prior DWI Conviction
If you have been convicted of a DWI within the past 10 years and are currently charged with a DWI that is either a third-degree felony DWI or a Class A misdemeanor DWI, then your license will be suspended for anywhere from 180 days to 2 years (if you are convicted of your pending charge). If, on the other hand, your prior DWI conviction was less than five years ago and your current charge is either for a third-degree felony DWI or a Class A misdemeanor DWI, then your license will be suspended for at least one year and for up to two years (if you are convicted of your pending charge).
Obtaining an Occupational Driver’s License
While you may be eligible to obtain an occupational driver’s license for driving back and forth from work if your license is suspended, it is important to understand that there is a waiting period involved. For example, if you have had one prior conviction during the five years prior to your current conviction, you may have to wait until day 181 before your occupational driver’s license will go into effect. If you have more than one prior conviction in that five-year period, your order for an occupational driver’s license may not be granted for a full year.
An Experienced Killeen Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
If you are facing DWI charges, the consequences are too significant to leave to chance. Brett Pritchard is a dedicated criminal defense attorney who is committed to resolving your DWI case as favorably as possible. Your case matters, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.