Driving on a Suspended License in Texas

Criminal charges for operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked license.

As in all states, Texas drivers can lose their driving privileges through suspension or revocation for a variety of different reasons. If you drive during a suspension or revocation, you can be charged with a crime and could face fines and jail time.

Reasons for Suspension and Revocation

Lots of circumstances can lead to license suspension or revocation. Some of the most common include:

However, these are just a sample of the reasons you can lose driving privileges—there are many more.

Reinstating Your License

The period of time your license is suspended or revoked may depend on many factors. However, once your suspension or revocation period expires, you're license won't be automatically valid again. Generally, you'll need to pay a reinstatement fee of $100 and might have to meet other conditions before you can lawfully drive.

Criminal Charges for Driving While Suspended or Revoked

In many situations, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class C misdemeanor and carries a maximum fine of $500.

However, driving on a suspended or revoked license is a class B misdemeanor—a more serious violation—if:

  • you have previously been convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • you didn't have insurance at the time of your offense, or
  • your license was suspended for operating while intoxicated.

A class B misdemeanor carries up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.

Driving on a suspended or revoked license can also be 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. Class A misdemeanors carry up to a year in jail and a maximum of $4,000 in fines.

Legal Help for Charges of Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

A conviction for driving after suspension or revocation can result in fines, jail time, and serious consequences for your life. So, if you've been arrested or charged with one of these offenses, it's a good idea to contact an experienced defense attorney. A qualified attorney can tell you how the law applies in your case and advise you on how best to handle your situation.

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