Like all states, Texas may suspend or revoke your license for many reasons. The state takes a suspension or revocation seriously and may charge you with a crime if you drive when your license is not valid.
Your license may be suspended or revoked for a range of reasons, such as if you:
The period of time your license is suspended or revoked may depend on many factors. Your license may not be reinstated until you pay a reinstatement fee, pay other fees, or fulfill other requirements. The reinstatement fee may be $100. (Texas Transp. Code Ann. § 521.313, § 601.376.)
If you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor, or in certain circumstances, more serious charges. (Texas Transp. Code Ann. § 521.457(e).)
The maximum penalty in general for a Class C misdemeanor is a $500 fine. (Texas Penal Code § 12.23.)
You may be charged with a Class B misdemeanor in certain circumstances, such as if:
The maximum penalty for a Class B misdemeanor may involve up to:
You may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor in certain circumstances, such as if you were driving without insurance and caused a crash that seriously injured or killed someone. (Texas Transp. Code Ann. § 521.457(f-2).) The maximum penalty for a Class A misdemeanor may involve up to:
If you are convicted of driving while your license is suspended, revoked, or otherwise invalid, you may be assessed a $250 surcharge on your license each year for three years. (Texas Transp. Code Ann. § 708.103.)
A conviction for driving after suspension or revocation can result in fines, jail time, and serious consequences for your life. You may find it difficult to keep a job, stay in school, obtain or retain insurance, and generally live your life. While the law provides maximum penalties for a conviction, your sentence will actually depend in part on the view those in your local court system – including prosecutors and judges – have of the crime. Only a lawyer who is familiar with these charges in your area can provide you with this information.