If your driver’s license was suspended due to a DWI or DUI, it might be possible for you to obtain an occupational driver’s license. Occupational driver’s license, sometimes called essential need license, is a special license that will allow someone to drive to and from his or her workplace. Occupational driver’s licenses may also be used for school-related activities or for performing essential household duties, such as getting groceries or paying bills.
Obtaining an occupational driver’s license is rarely straightforward when you have been convicted of a DWI or DUI, and I strong urge you to work with an attorney that specializes in DWI and DUI law in Texas. The first step in obtaining a license is to check the current status of your license, this can be done very easily at the DMV, by phone or on the Texas state website.
If you have met with an attorney and have been deemed eligible to apply, a request will be sent to the Justice of the Peace, county or district court where you live, or the court of original jurisdiction to where your license was suspended or revoked.
The Texas Attorney Generals office may send a prosecutor to fight against you getting an occupational driver’s license. In these cases, it is imperative that you have a qualified lawyer on your side. If the court determines that you are eligible to apply for an occupational license, then an order will be issued. This order is not a license, it only authorizes the Department of Public Safety to issue the license.
If you have any questions about occupational driver’s licenses, please call my office today to set up an appointment. I would be more than happy to discuss your particular case and help you get back to living your life.