15 Dec Time is essential when dealing with DWI and your driver’s license.
DWI Fact #7: Can I still drive?
To preserve your right to drive in Texas, you must request a hearing within 15 days of the date you were served with a Notice of Suspension. In most cases, this is the day of your arrest. If you timely requested a hearing to contest your license suspension, you will be able to continue to drive unless an Administrative Law Judge rules against you and authorizes the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to suspend your driver’s license.
If you lose at the hearing, your driver’s license will be suspended and you cannot drive unless you obtain an occupational driver’s license. In some cases, the suspension may be stayed (temporarily prevented) by the filing of an appeal.
It is our opinion you should always request a hearing. Information can be learned, through the Administrative License Revocation process, which can be vital to your defense of your DWI. If your license is suspended at the hearing, you may be able to secure an occupational license to drive.
If you are a CDL holder, your license will be revoked for 1 year following a first offense; a second offense results in your CDL being revoked for life.
More resources: TxDPS – Occupational Licenses