By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
What is an Occupational Driver’s License?
In Texas, an occupational license (also known as an ODL) is a temporary permit allowing people to drive while their license has been suspended due to a breath test refusal or breath test failure in a DWI situation.
How Can I Get an Occupational Driver’s License?
An occupational license is attained through a civil petition (basically a civil lawsuit) which a judge must approve. The Judge can allow someone to drive for 4 hours a day (but can extend that to 12 hours a day upon showing of “essential need.”) The court order, by law, must contain the times and routes of travel. Judges can also order other provisions such as interlock devices be placed on cars during the occupational period for DWI cases.
For those with irregular travel due to work…
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