It is easy to take for granted the vital importance of your ability to drive. Think about it, how often do you drive to your destination? Do you drive to work? Who else relies on your ability to drive? namely, your kids.
Without a driver’s license, you will have to make a lot of changes in your life, and most of them will be incredibly inconvenient and even detrimental. Most people know that you can lose your license for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, but there are many more ways one could potentially have their license suspended or revoked.
The State of Texas considers driving to be a privilege, not a right, and officials are not shy about penalizing people for misdeeds by taking away that privilege. Below we have briefly compiled some of the various actions and crimes that could lead to a license suspension or revocation in Texas. Keep in mind, this is by no means an all-inclusive list. To learn more about Texas license suspension, be sure to check out our previous blog titled, “Texas Driver”s License Suspension: What You Need To Know.?
DWI The most well known cause of license suspensions and revocations. If you are convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (which can refer to alcohol or drugs), you will lose your license.
BWI The same DWI rules regarding the loss of your license also apply for Boating While Intoxicated in Texas.
Refuse Blood or Breath Test If you refuse to take a breathalyzer or a blood test when an officer suspects you have been operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will automatically face an administrative license suspension.
Piloting Under the Influence Though not always easy to enforce, if you pilot a place while intoxicated you could lose your driver’s license on top of your pilot’s license.
Operating Amusement Park Ride Under the Influence You could lose your right to drive if you operate an amusement park ride while intoxicated.
Stealing gasoline If you are convicted of stealing gasoline, you could lose your license.
Underage Drinking/Fake IDs Anyone under the age of 21 who gets caught drinking could lose their license. Underage drivers could also lose their license for trying to pass a fake ID to purchase alcohol, while those over 21 could lose their license for allowing an underage person to use their ID to purchase alcohol.
Public intoxication If you get caught drinking in public, or if you are intoxicated in public, you could lose your right to drive.
Vandalism Acts of vandalism such as graffiti could lead to a license suspension.
Parent removes permission for minor In Texas, minors must have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip for them to be able to drive. A parent could also conceivably revoke that permission.
4 moving violations in 12 months or 7 in 24 An automatic license suspension will occur in Texas if you receive four moving violations such as speeding tickets within a 12 month period, or seven within a 24 month period.
Unfit to Drive A court could deem a person unfit to drive for a number of reasons, such as the state of their mental or physical health. For example, a court can determine that an elderly person no longer has the faculties to operate a vehicle safely and revoke his or her license; the same can happen for a person who suffers seizures.
Driving Without Insurance If you get caught driving without insurance, particularly if you are in an accident without insurance, then you will almost certainly lose your license.
Drug Conviction Any type of drug or marijuana conviction could also result in your license being suspended.
Unpaid Traffic Tickets Make sure you don’t let your traffic tickets pile up without paying them, otherwise you may find yourself walking or taking the bus.
Reckless driving Any reckless or dangerous driving could result in a license revocation or suspension.
Failure to Pay Child Support Anyone who neglects to pay child support may lose their license until they catch up on their payments.
Once again, this is just a sampling of the many ways one could lose his or her license, but there are also many ways in which a skilled attorney can help protect your right to drive. If you are like most people, you simply cannot afford to lose your right to drive a vehicle. If you are in danger of having your driver’s license suspended or revoked, please contact The Medlin Law Firm today.