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Occupational Licenses in Round Rock

What is an Occupational License?

When a person's driver's license has been suspended, the only way he can drive legally is to obtain an occupational license (also called an Essential Needs license). Basically, the Texas DPS determines whether a person license is suspended. However, a judge can trump the suspension by signing a court order allowing a person to drive during certain times and certain days. This is called an occupational license.

An occupational license allows a person to drive to and from work and other necessary places, such as the grocery store or school. In order to do an occupational license, a person needs three documents: 1) proof of SR-22 insurance; 2) a three-year driving record; and 3) a letter from an employer on company letterhead. In addition to these documents, there is also a filing fee paid to the county of approximately $240 that must be paid at the time the petition for the occupational license is filed.

Wanting to obtain an occupational license? Contact us today to discuss your options.

How to Obtain an Occupational License in Texas

Man driving - how to obtain an occupational license

A person whose driver's license has been suspended can petition the court to obtain an occupational license. The petition must contain certain information including the days and times you need to drive, the reason for those specific times, the places you need to drive, why you need to drive to those locations, and the counties that you will be driving in.

After the court grants your occupational license, you may use the signed court order as your license for 30 days. During that time, you must follow specific instructions so that the DPS will issue the actual occupational license. Once you have received your occupational license from the DPS, you may use it as your driver's license until your suspension is over and your driver's license has been reinstated.

If you fail to adhere to conditions of your occupational license, it is considered a violation of a court order. Violation of an Occupational License is a Class B misdemeanor, with a range of punishment of up to a $2,000 fine and up to 180 days in the county jail.

Under certain circumstances, the court may also require you to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This device prevents you from starting your car until you blow into it and it detects no alcohol on your breath. It also logs the time and date of the test and records this information for review by your probation officer. You will be required to pay for the device, its installation and removal.

Do you need an occupational license? If your license has been suspended, find out how to obtain an occupational license by contacting a Round Rock occupational license lawyer at The Law Office of Ryan H. Deck. We are a skilled criminal defense firm that can help you complete the steps required for an occupational license, prepare and submit your petition, and represent you at your hearing.

Occupational License Lawyer Serving Williamson County

Sometimes a person with a suspended license will not be allowed to drive for specified period of time even if they have been issued an occupational license. During these periods, the person simply cannot, under any circumstances, operate a vehicle.

These are called "hard suspensions" and include:

  • If a driver's license that has been suspended for any alcohol-related or drug-related contact within 5 years (e.g. breath test failure / refusal), the defendant cannot get an occupational license for 90 days after date of suspension
  • If a driver's license has been suspended as a result of DWI conviction within 5 years, the defendant will receive 180 days of hard suspension
  • If a driver's license has been suspended as a result of a 2nd or more DWI conviction within 5 years, the defendant will be given a 1 year hard suspension.

If you have a commercial driver license (CDL) and are convicted of DWI and lose your CDL, you will not eligible to petition the court for an occupational license. Our firm provides aggressive and committed representation in DWI cases, and can help you pursue an occupational license if you driving privileges have been suspended. We are well-versed in the procedures that must be followed to obtain an occupational license, and can assist you with all of the requirements.

Contact a Round Rock occupational license attorney for assistance in obtaining an occupational license.

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