Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston
Free Case Evaluation | Available 24/7 713.489.2358
Helping You Make the Decision You Can Live With By Providing Realistic Legal Advice for Your Case

HOUSTON DRIVING WITH INVALID LICENSE ATTORNEY

DRIVING WITH INVALID LICENSE

Anyone caught driving with a suspended license will be charged with a DWLI (driving while license is invalid) in the state of Texas. Reinstating your license after being caught with a DWLI can be done on two conditions.

The first condition is payment of a reinstatement fee that varies from case to case. The second condition is that the offending party must receive an SR-22 from their insurance company. This form is a financial responsibility insurance certificate. Signing an SR-22 means you admit to being a high liability driver and your insurance rates will increase. Offenders must pay this additional cost for at least two years.

Contact skilled Houston criminal defense attorney Samuel Gardner if you have been charged with DWLI or a similar offense in Texas. Call (713) 489-2358 to schedule a consultation.

POSSIBLE CHARGES

DWLI can be charged as a Class B misdemeanor if the defendant has a previous DWLI, was uninsured when arrested, or if the driver was intoxicated while operating the vehicle. Class B misdemeanors can result in fines up to $2,000 and 180 days in jail. A first time offender of driving with a suspended license is considered a Class C misdemeanor and requires the defendant to pay a fine of $500.

Driving while intoxicated with a suspended license or causing serious bodily harm without insurance coverage is considered a Class A misdemeanor, the penalties of which include a maximum $4,000 fine and a year in jail. Surcharges are often applied to Class A punishments.

In all cases, being charged with a DWLI will likely increase your license suspension time. You are also responsible for paying any fees and additional fines as a result of the conviction (e.g., the cost to tow and store your vehicle after your arrest).

DEFENSE OPTIONS

With a skilled lawyer, the defendant may be able to mount an affirmative defense. Since it’s up to the prosecution to provide the burden of proof, the prosecuting attorney must submit the driving record to the court via arresting officer testimony. Officer testimony often has opportunities to defend against the validity of the prosecution’s case.

If the suspension notice was mailed, the state courts would be forced to subpoena an employee of the DPS to testify that without question the notice was mailed to the defendant. Subpoenas are very expensive and are not typically utilized by prosecuting attorneys in misdemeanor cases.

The defendant may also choose to plead guilty for leniency by the court. A plea agreement may avoid fines and jail time, depending on the circumstances surrounding the revoked license.

Call (713) 489-2358 to review your defense options with knowledgeable Houston DWLI defense attorney Samuel M. Gardner.

MY PRIMARY GOAL IS TO GET YOUR CASE DISMISSED

Take a look at our results.
  • Dismissed Accused of Assault Bodily Injury
  • Dismissed Accused of Assault Bodily Injury / Injury to Public Servant
  • Jury Trial / Not Guilty Accused of Assault Family Member
  • Jury Trial / Mistrial / Dismissed Accused of Assault Family Member
  • Dismissed Accused of Assault Family Member
  • Jury Trial / Not Guilty Accused of Evading Arrest
  • Jury Trial / Not Guilty Accused of Felony Evading Arrest
  • Dismissed Accused of Forgery Government Financial Instrument
  • Dismissed Accused of Injury to Elderly
  • Dismissed Accused of Possession of a Controlled Substance 28-200g

Client Testimonials

  • “I can not thank Samuel enough, and would definitely recommend his services.”

    Ronald

  • “I highly recommend him as your attorney”

    J. S.

  • “I would recommend Mr. Gardner to anyone who looking to either beat their case or get the best deal possible. I have a long criminal history and I just knew that I was facing some time; However, I'm free thanks to Mr. Gardner.”

    Previous Client

  • “YOU WANT JUSTICE HIRE SAMUEL GARDNER! !!”

    R. O. L.

  • “Honest.. Always shows up an will let you know if he is running late.”

    Christopher M.