Arrested for Driving While License Invalid (“DWLI”)
It may seem like there are no other options other than to drive with a suspended license, but with the potential penalties involved if you are caught, it is difficult to justify taking that chance.
A large number of McLennan County residents are pulled over and charged with driving while license suspended. This criminal offense comes with extensive legal sanctions and penalties, including significant license surcharges, making the defense of this charge vital. With a Waco DWLI attorney’s help, you can argue your case effectively and professionally and potentially find ways to reduce or dismiss charges.
Driving While License Suspended Waco DWLI
The Driving While License Invalid (DWLI) offense is located in Section 521 of the Texas Transportation Code. According to §521.457, a person commits the offense of driving while license invalid (suspended) if they operate a motor vehicle on a highway:
- After the person’s driver’s license has been canceled;
- During a period that the person’s drivers license or privilege is suspended or revoked under any law of this State;
- While the person’s drivers license is expired if the license expired during a period of suspension; or
- After the renewal of the person’s driver’s license has been denied under this State’s law.
It is not a defense to prosecution that the defendant did not receive actual notice of a suspension imposed due to another traffic offense conviction.
The charge of driving while license suspended is considered a Class B misdemeanor. If convicted of this charge, the presumptive sentence is up to six months (180 days) in jail and / or a maximum fine of between $100 and $500.
Defending DWLI Cases
In these cases, the State does not have to prove that you knew your license was suspended. But there is an affirmative defense if the State never mailed you notice of a suspension. If you receive a Class C ticket for DWLI, do not plead guilty. Convictions for DWLI can lead to further license suspensions.
McLennan County DWLI Attorney
Our Waco criminal justice attorneys have the skills, experience, and service to get the job done right in your DWLI. Call us at 254-753-6437 to discuss your McLennan County DWLI.