In Texas, being found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of more than 0.08% when operating a vehicle could lead to a license suspension for between 90 days and one year, even if you have never been charged with a DUI before. This can be especially worrying if you, like most people, depend on your drivers’ license to get to and from work.
If you are facing DUI charges and are concerned about how you will get to work if you have your license suspended, you should start by gaining a good understanding of what the possible consequences are for you. In the best case, you will be able to successfully defend yourself and have all charges dropped. In the worst case, you may need to find other ways to get to work.
Even if you are found guilty of a DUI, it may be possible for you to obtain a special license that allows you to get to work and perform essential tasks with the use of a car. In Texas, this is known as an occupational driver license.
What is an occupational driver license?
An occupational driver license is a type of restricted license that is available to those who have had their license suspended under certain circumstances. It helps people to continue to get an income or attend school, even when they do not have a full driver’s license.
Who is eligible for an occupational driver license?
If you have been charged with a DUI and you want to continue to use your vehicle for essential tasks, you will first need to file a petition. Your county or district court will then review this petition and determine whether you are eligible. If you are eligible, you will need to pay an occupational license fee and potentially other reinstatement fees before you are able to legally get behind the wheel.
While occupational driver licenses are great options for those already charged with a DUI, it’s always better to avoid being charged by forming a strong defense. There are many ways you can do this, and the best strategy for you will need to be tailored to your individual situation. By taking early action, you will have the best chance of being successful.