Occupational License Hints: Know Your Driving History First!
An occupational license doesn’t have to be a complicated or much contested matter if the petitioner understands the laws and is familiar with each court’s particular preferences. What is the likelihood that a non-lawyer will know these things when filing on their own? Not very likely in our experience. Novice petitioners often make mistakes in their petitions or orders which may delay or prevent their ability to obtain an occupational license. That is where our experience with dozens of different courts, situations, and scenarios has made us one of the premier occupational law firms in the metroplex.
Over the years, we have found that judges, especially newer judges, will require an inquiry in to the driving/criminal history of the petitioner. This is something that the judge is allowed to do under the law. Upon review of the background of the petitioner, the judge and can, and in some cases, must impose conditions or deny the request for the occupational license all together. For example, if you were convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) eight years before your current license suspension, you would technically be eligible for an occupational license. However, the judge may require, based on your record, that you should not be allowed to drive without an alcohol interlock device on your car as a condition of your occupational license.
Therefore, it is important that you immediately obtain an copy of your driving record from the Texas Department of Public Safety. You can order one online or by mail HERE. You must review your record and determine if there are any potential problems that may deter a smooth transaction of your occupational license. Our office can help you with that. Typically, in most courts we will attach a copy of your driving record for the judge’s review. If there are too many potential “red flags” on your record, such as DWI’s, drug offenses, too many Driving While License Invalid (DWLI), no insurance tickets, or other serious violations, we can help you formulate a proper and affirmative response to the judge’s expected inquiry into your history.
This is just another reason why we strongly recommend that you do not attempt to obtain an occupational license without an attorney. And, we recommend the attorney you hire have the necessary experience to expect and overcome the issues and pitfalls when applying for an occupational license.
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