Law Office of Paul B. Kennedy, Attorney at Law, PLLC
1415 North Loop West, Suite 102, Houston, Texas 77008
Tel: (832) 606-9432  Fax: (866) 587-2584
DWI Defense, Criminal Defense, Traffic Tickets, Family Law
Driver's License Suspensions for drivers
UNDER the age of 21
Driver's License Suspensions for drivers
OVER the age of 21
Driver's license suspensions are big business in Texas. In 2007, according to the Department of Public
Safety, over 102,000 drivers were arrested for DWI. Of these 102,000 drivers, almost 94,000 suffered a
license suspension as a result of either refusing a breath test or failing a breath test. Each one of those
drivers had to pay a $125 reinstatement fee to the DPS in order to reinstate their driver's licenses. In
addition, everyone who either plead guilty or was found guilty of driving while intoxicated was assessed a
surcharge of $1,000 a year for three (3) years.

In 1994, the DPS implemented its
Driver Responsibility Program that assessed surcharges for driving
without liability insurance to driving on a suspended license to accumulating three (3) or more moving
violations in a 36-month period. As of 2008, the DPS had billed motorists over
$1.1 billion in surcharges
and had collected more than
$414 million in payments.

If you've been charged with driving while intoxicated, drug possession or a moving violation, you need an
experienced attorney to help you navigate around potential driver's license suspensions.
Houston
criminal defense attorney
Paul B. Kennedy can help you through this minefield and fight to save your
driver's license.
Administrative Suspensions

First alcohol/drug-related contact -
Breath/Blood test refusal...


First alcohol/drug-related contact -
Breath/Blood test failure...


Subsequent contact w/in 10 years -
Breath/Blood test refusal...


Subsequent contact w/in 10 years -
Breath/Blood test failure...



90 days


180 days



1 year



2 years
Administrative Suspensions

First alcohol/drug-related contact -
"Any detectable amount"...

First alcohol/drug-related contact -
Breath/Blood test refusal...

First alcohol/drug-related contact -
Breath/Blood test failure...

Subsequent contact - "Any
detectable amount"...


Subsequent contact  - Breath/Blood
test refusal...


Subsequent contact  - Breath/Blood
test failure...

60 days


60 days


180 days

120 days
(1 conviction)
180 days
(2 or more)


120 days
(1 conviction)
180 days
(2 or more)

2 years
Automatic Driver's License Suspensions
Conviction Suspensions for Alcohol-Related Offenses
Conviction for:

Purchase of Alcohol by a Minor,
Attempt to Purchase Alcohol by a
Minor, Consumption of Alcohol by a
Minor, Possession of Alcohol by a
Minor,
or Misrepresentation of Age
by a Minor
No prior
convictions...
30 days

1 prior
conviction...
60 days

2 or more
prior
convictions...
180 days
Conviction for:

Possession of a controlled
substance...

Possession of a dangerous drug...

Any non-fine only offense from the
Alcohol Beverage Code...

Driving While Intoxicated...

Intoxication Assault...

Intoxication Manslaughter...

First
conviction...
1 year

Subsequent
suspension...
18 months
Conviction Suspensions for Intoxication-Related Offenses
Conviction for:

Driving While Intoxicated or
Intoxication Assault...








Intoxication Manslaughter...
90 days - 1
year (1st
offense)

180 days - 2
years (2nd
offense)

1 - 2 years
(2nd offense
w/in 5 years)

180 days - 2
years (1st
offense)

1 - 2 years
(2nd offense
w/in 10 years)
Conviction Suspensions for Drug-Related Offenses
Conviction for:

Any drug offense...

A felony (other than drug offense) under
Texas Controlled Substances Act...

An offense under the federal Controlled
Substances Act...

Driving While Intoxicated (controlled
substance)...

Intoxication Assault (controlled
substance)...

Intoxication Manslaughter (controlled
substance)...





180 days
Your driver's license may also be suspended for a period of at least one year upon a conviction of any of
the following driving-related offenses:

Accident involving personal injury or death, any felony offense under the state motor vehicle laws,
criminally negligent homicide (by motor vehicle), evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle,
manslaughter (with a motor vehicle) and racing on the highway
.

Driving with a fictitious driver's license, registration or inspection sticker can get your license suspended
for 180 days.
Don't just plead your case out. Consult Houston DWI Attorney Paul B. Kennedy to
determine what consequences a plea might have on your ability to drive in Texas.