Most licensed drivers in Texas are well-aware of the fact that a
driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction will likely result in a driver’s license suspension.
After all, the public is continuously on the receiving end of anti-drinking
and driving campaigns. So, it’s a no-brainer: drink and drive and
lose your license.
What many Texas drivers do not know is that a
drug or controlled substance violation can also lead to a driver’s license
suspension. For example, if you’re found guilty of
possession by a Texas court, your driver’s license will be suspended for
According to the
Texas Department of Transportation, “Individuals who are convicted of a drug or controlled substance
offense: Will have their driver license suspended for 180 days, and are
required to complete a 15-hour class in an authorized Drug Education Program
for each conviction.” If you are convicted of a drug offense and
you fail to complete a 15-hour class for each controlled substance violation,
your driver’s license will be revoked beyond the 180-day suspension period.
What if I Don’t Have a Driver’s License?
Suppose you don’t have a Texas driver’s license, but you were
planning on getting one. If you are convicted of a drug offense and you
don’t have a driver’s license, you will not be able to obtain
a driver’s license for 180 days – this is called an
Order of Prohibition.
The Order of Prohibition does not start on the day of the drug conviction.
Instead, the 180 days begin to tally on the day you contact the Texas
Department of Public Safety (DPS) and fill out the appropriate forms.
Note: These forms are not available to the public online; they have to be obtained
at a driver license office. Or, you can call (512) 424-2600 to obtain
Facing drug-related charges?
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a Plano
criminal defense attorney!