DRIVER'S LICENSE ATTORNEYS
WE CAN HELP RESTORE YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES
DO YOU NEED AN OCCUPATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE - MAYBE NOT
If your Texas driver's license is suspended, there may be steps you can take to get your driver's license restored. We can help walk you through these steps; however, not all problems can be fixed. For example, your driver's license may be suspended for a certain period of time, for restitution following an accident that you cannot pay or surcharges that are too high to tackle. In these cases, you need to obtain an occupational driver's license so you can legally drive. In other cases, you may just have an omni hold or two that needs to be lifted, a surcharge that needs to be paid and/or a reinstatement fee that needs to be paid. If this is the case, you may not necessarily need an occupational driver's license. Determining why your Texas driver's license is suspended and how to restore your driving privileges can be complicated. We can review your individual case and provide solutions to getting your driving privileges restored.
WHAT IS AN OCCUPATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE?
An occupational driver's license (ODL), also called an essential needs license or a restricted license allows you to drive for essential needs. The law defines essential needs as driving for work related purposes, school related purposes and essential household needs. Work related purposes includes going to and from work and driving required by your employer as a part of your job, for example driving to a job site or for a sells call. School related purposes includes going to and from school for you and your children as appropriate. Essential household purposes includes anything necessary to maintain your household such as driving to the grocery store or doctor's offices.
An occupational driver's license has certain restrictions. For example, you may be restricted in the times and places you can drive in addition to the reasons you can drive as referenced above. We can work with the issuing court to ensure these restrictions are the least restrictive possible. In most cases we can obtain the occupational license without you needing to appear in court. You will usually have to get a SR-22 insurance policy (see below) and may have to keep a log book. Upon obtaining an occupational driver's license, our staff will work you to make sure you understand what you need to do to comply with the requirements of the occupational driver's license.
3 EASY STEPS TO GET YOUR LICENSE BACK
Meet with our experienced staff to prepare your application.
THE MEETING USUALLY TAKES JUST 15-20 MINUTES.
We will prepare and file your application and represent you in court.
YOU WILL NOT NEED TO APPEAR IN COURT IN MOST CASES!
Surcharges are fees accessed by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) based on the Texas Driver Responsibility Program. Surcharges are accessed based on an accumulation of points or upon convictions of certain offenses such as no insurance tickets (FMFR), no driver's license citations and driving while license invalid (DWLI) citations.
If you have been accessed surcharges, you will need to either pay the surcharge in full or enter a payment arrangement. Failing to pay the surcharge on time will result in a hold on your license.
If you have questions about surcharges or what to do if you have surcharges that cannot be paid, contact us to discuss your options. To check or pay your surcharges, click here.
An Omni hold is a hold on your driver's license for failure to appear on a citation or failure to pay a fine that has been accessed. The Omni hold may be lifted upon payment of an Omni fee and posting of a surety bond if there has been an alias warrant or appealing the case to a higher court.
You can check to see if you have Omni holds click here.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) charges a reinstatement fee when your license is suspended. The fee needs to be paid to get your license reinstated. If your license has been suspended for multiple items you may have multiple reinstatement fees.
To check and pay your reinstatement fees, click here.
SR22 is a financial responsibility insurance certificate that verifies that the holder maintains auto insurance. With the certificate, the insurance company will notify the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the holder of the policy has the minimum amount of insurance required by law. The insurance carrier will also notify DPS if the policy is canceled, terminated or lapses.
Most, but not all, insurance companies can issue SR-22 certificates. If you have an existing insurance policy, your agent will likely be able to add an SR-22 certificate to your existing policy. You can get an SR-22 certificate even if you do not own a vehicle.
LICENSE SUSPENSION- TYPICALLY YES
With a license suspension hearing, we find we get better results if our clients appear at the suspension hearing. There are some jurisdictions where we can have the hearing without you needing to appear. If you need to appear, one of our attorneys will appear with you of course and will do most of the talking for you.
OCCUPATIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE (ODL) - TYPICALLY NO
When we apply for an occupational driver's license on your behalf, we can usually file in a court that will not require you to appear. This is not true in all counties.
You can get an ODL if you have a commercial driver's license (CDL) or a commercial learning Permit (CLP); however, you cannot drive a commercial motor vehicle with an occupational drivers license. You can operate any vehicle that you would be able to operate with a class C, non-CDL license.
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If you’ve lost your license for any reason, but still need to be able to drive to work, school and to maintain your household, Hawkins & Walker, PC may be able to help you take the proper steps to restore your driving privileges or obtain an occupational driver's license. Call our traffic ticket attorneys today to schedule a meeting, or to discuss your situation by phone. The first consultation is free of charge: it costs you nothing to talk to an experienced Fort Worth traffic ticket attorney!
Call 817.877.3355 or click the contact button below to see how we can help restore your driving privileges.