If you’re a licensed driver in Texas, you’re likely aware of the fact that your driver’s license would be suspended if you were convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). After all, most drivers know that an alcohol or drug-related DWI would affect their driving privileges. But, what about a drug conviction that has nothing to do with driving? Can a drug offense lead to a license suspension like a DWI? In a word – yes. In Texas, if you are convicted of any drug or controlled substances offense, the following would occur:
- Your driver’s license would be suspended for 180 days, and
- You would be required to complete a 15-hour class on drug education.
Note: According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, you would not be able to take an online course for the drug education class. You would have to take the class in person. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DHSH) is the agency that oversees the drug education classes. If you are required to take these classes and you do not complete them, your driver’s license will be revoked beyond the 180-day suspension. Your license would remain revoked until the DPS obtains the certificate of completion, and you pay the administrative fee for failing to complete the required 15-hour drug education program.
What if I Don’t Have a Driver’s License?
Let’s say you did not have a valid driver’s license at the time you were arrested. In that case, you could not obtain a driver’s license for 180 days. This is referred to as an “Order or Prohibition.” The clock would start ticking on the day you contact the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and fill out the necessary paperwork.
Can I Get an Occupational License?
If your license is suspended due to a drug offense, you may still qualify for an occupational license, which would let you drive to and from work and school-related activities. To learn more about fighting your drug charges, license suspensions, and occupational licenses, contact our firm to schedule a consultation with a Plano criminal defense attorney.