If you received a notice from DPS that your license will be suspended or revoked, we may be able to stop the suspension, but you NEED TO ACT QUICKLY. You have 20 days from the date of the letter (not 20 days from the date you receive the letter) to request a hearing. If you fail to request a hearing within 20 days from the date on the letter, you will not be able to contest the hearing and your license will be suspended for the time period stated in the letter or revoked indefinitely until you correct the issues that led to the revocation.

Your license can be SUSPENDED for many reasons, including:

  • DPS receives notice that you were driving while your license was suspended, canceled, disqualified or revoked (for example a conviction for a traffic ticket is reported to DPS or your name appears as a driver on an accident report);
  • you have too many points on your driving record (also known as a habitual violator; 4 or more convictions for separate incidents in a one year period or 7 or more convictions for separate incidents in a two year period);
  • you have been determined to be habitually reckless or negligent;
  • you have two or more separate convictions related to restrictions imposed on your license;
  • you have two or more moving violations in a one year period and you are under 18 years of age;
  • you were the at-fault-driver in an accident that resulted in serious personal injuries or serious property damage; or
  • you flee from an officer.

Your license can be REVOKED for many reasons, including:

  • you have an unresolved out-of-state citation;
  • DPS believes you are incapable of operating a motor vehicle (called a medical revocation)
  • you are believed to have been the at-fault-driver in a motor vehicle collision, did not have insurance at the time of the accident and have not made any restitution for the damages caused by the accident.

If you retain one of our traffic ticket attorneys to contest the proposed license suspension or revocation, we can look for a legal reason to have the suspension or revocation set aside, which is known as a negative finding. If we cannot obtain a negative finding, we can request that the suspension be probated (typically for a shorter duration than DPS is requesting) so you can continue to drive during your suspension. If we cannot get a negative finding or a probation offer, we can appeal the judge's decision or apply for an occupational driver's license so we can keep you driving. Click here for information about an occupational driver's license.

Our attorneys have been to many of these hearings and usually obtain favorable results. If we cannot obtain a favorable result, we will apply the amount you spent to hire us with towards an occupational drivers license meaning there is a very good chance that we will be able to keep you driving. 


If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), you may have received a disqualification letter. The disqualification letter is notice that you will be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle for a certain period of time. Depending on the underlying reason for the disqualification, we may be able to fight the disqualification so you can continue to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The disqualification usually does not affect your ability to drive a personal vehicle during the period you are disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle.

Questions about reinstating your license? Schedule a Free, Confidential Case Evaluation with one of our award-winning attorneys. 

If you have been notified of a pending suspension, the traffic ticket attorneys at Hawkins & Walker, PC may be able to help you contest a proposed suspension or obtain an occupational drivers 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.

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