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Traffic Violations & Related Matters
A simple traffic citation can have significant consequences.
Of course you want to protect your rights, but suppose you can’t make the court date and you don’t know what to do.
Our Central Texas traffic citation lawyers have been helping drivers with standard driver’s licenses and commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) fight traffic tickets for over 30 years.
The overwhelming majority of our cases end in dismissal. In some cases, we get charges changed or reduced in cost. With recent changes in Texas law, it is critical that drivers maintain as clean of a driving record as possible. We will fight to get you the best outcome possible!
We aggressively defend people throughout many jurisdictions in Central Texas who have been charged with a moving violation, handling cases involving:
Reckless or careless driving
Operating a vehicle without a valid drivers license (due to expiration, revocation or suspension)
Operating a vehicle without required insurance
Failure to use due caution or to obey traffic signs or signals
Often, in matters involving traffic violations, we can attend any hearings on your behalf so that you won't need to take time off work. We can also represent visitors to the local area, eliminating the need to return to resolve your traffic citation.
ALR (Administrative License Revocation) Hearings
A drunk driving arrest is composed of 2 aspects: The administrative aspect may affect your driving privileges, while the criminal aspect may result in penalties such as jail time and a damaging criminal record. At The Law Offices Of Gregory K. Simmons, P.C., our attorneys are determined to provide our
DWI defense clients with our best efforts at obtaining the best attainable outcomes in both the administrative and criminal matters.
Time is of the essence if you have been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). You have a brief window of time (15 days) that you can request a DWI Administrative License Revocation hearing (ALR Hearing). If the hearing is requested & scheduled within the required time period, you may retain your driving privileges (depending on the facts of your case) at least until that hearing.
Hearings may be scheduled out as long as 120 days later or more. The time between the arrest and the hearing is critically important to many of our clients who depend on the freedom to drive to work and elsewhere. The ALR hearing process also allows us to sometimes receive discovery from DPS faster than we might from the prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office. When the time comes for your ALR hearing, you will have the opportunity to contest the suspension of your driver's license if you failed a breath or blood test or refused to submit to such a test at the time of your arrest.
If you DO NOT request a hearing within the 15 days after the date of your arrest, then 40 days after arrest your driver's license will be suspended. If we are hired within the 15-day period, we will request the ALR hearing for you, and we will handle this hearing as part of our representation of you. If your driver's license is suspended and you would like to obtain an occupational driver's license, we can also assist you in this process.
Driver's License Issues
Driving with a suspended or invalid driver’s license in the state of Texas is NOT something that should be taken lightly. The penalties increase after your first offense and suspension. The Law Offices Of Gregory K. Simmons, P.C. can help you fight your case in court and possibly negotiate a dismissal of your case.
A Suspended License: This means your license is temporarily out of service. You cannot legally drive until you have paid your fines and completed a court-ordered suspension period.
A Revoked License: This means your license has been fully cancelled and it cannot be reinstated until you pay your fines, complete your probation or sentence, and go through your state’s licensing process which typically involves a written test and a road test. After completion of the aforementioned, a new license can then be issued.
In Central Texas, many people who are pulled over for minor traffic infractions, such as a failure to signal, are surprised to learn that their driver's license has been suspended. Driving while your license is invalid is a serious matter that jeopardizes your driving privileges and can result in significant financial implications. Most people find that it is in their interests financially to hire an experienced lawyer to resolve the current and underlying legal matters arising from driving with a suspended, revoked or invalid license.
There are many circumstances under which an individual's license can be suspended or revoked. Unfortunately, if you move and neglect to update your address with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), you may never even learn of your suspension. In fact, that may be part of the reason leading up to your driver's license suspension. More common reasons DPS can suspend your license include:
Suspensions for DWI Breath Test/Blood Tests refusals or failures.
Mandatory suspensions imposed by DPS for DWI, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Controlled Substance convictions.
Failure to pay surcharges associated with the point system DPS has implemented for traffic violations, otherwise known as the "habitual violator" surcharge.
Failure to pay automatic surcharges assessed by DPS for a No Insurance Conviction.
Failure to pay automatic surcharges assessed by DPS for a DWI conviction.
Failure to pay reinstatement fees.
In some cases, driving privileges can be taken away due to:
A medical condition that imperils the ability to drive safely (vision problems, diabetes, epilepsy, etc.).
A failure to pay child support.
Using a fake ID or allowing someone else to use your ID.
When driving would compromise public safety.
The Law Office Of Gregory K. Simmons, P.C.'s experienced traffic defense lawyers can anticipate how the district attorney's office will handle your case and will use this experience to prepare an effective defense focused on maintaining your license and minimizing your consequences.
Occupational Driver's License
Many Central Texans find themselves with their license suspended because of a traffic warrant, DWI charge, or failure to pay surcharges. For almost everyone, driving is an absolutely necessary part of daily life. Without our license, we are simply often unable to function.
If your driver’s license is suspended but you still need to drive in order to go to school, work, pick up your children, buy groceries, take care of someone who is disabled or elderly, or drive for any other essential need, we can help you get your Occupational Driver’s License. An Occupational License will allow you to travel to essential places for up to twelve hours a day. We make the process quick and simple. Contact us at (254) 616-2529 or fill out our free initial case evaluation form.
Attempting to get an occupational license yourself can be a costly mistake. The rules for obtaining an occupational license vary somewhat depending on your particular circumstances, and they can be complex. We can handle everything for you and help you obtain a Texas Occupational Driver’s License that will allow you to drive for work, school, household duties and other “essential needs” if your license has been suspended.