In Texas, your license may be suspended if you are convicted of driving while drunk or impaired. The same may be true if you refuse to submit to field sobriety tests during a traffic stop, and this may be the case even if you are ultimately cleared of other criminal charges. However, it may be possible to have your license reinstated after your driving privileges have been temporarily revoked.
You’ll likely need to take a driver education class
After a DUI conviction, you may be required to take a driver education course as a condition of having your license reinstated. It’s possible that there will be a specific program designed for those who are convicted of DUI or who have violated state implied consent laws. You may also need to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle prior to getting your driving privileges back.
A reinstatement fee may apply
In most cases, drivers who are looking to get their licenses reinstated will have to pay DMV and other administrative fees. These fees will be in addition to any fines or other penalties that were imposed by the judge in your case. If your auto insurance was terminated after a drunk driving conviction, you’ll need to pay for a new policy prior to getting your license back.
Driving while your license is suspended may result in additional penalties such as a fine, jail time or an extension of an existing suspension. You can contact the DMV in your area to determine the status of your license as well as the steps that might need to be taken to lift a suspension. It may also be possible to check the status of your license online.