what are penalties for a 3rd DWLS conviction?
Criminal Defense Attorney
This would be a class A misdemeanor with a possible fine of up to $4,000 and up to 365 days in the county jail.
§ 521.457. DRIVING WHILE LICENSE INVALID. (a) A person
commits an offense if the person operates a motor vehicle on a
(1) after the person's driver's license has been
canceled under this chapter if the person does not have a license
that was subsequently issued under this chapter;
(2) during a period that the person's driver's license
or privilege is suspended or revoked under any law of this state;
(3) while the person's driver's license is expired if
the license expired during a period of suspension; or
(4) after renewal of the person's driver's license has
been denied under any law of this state, if the person does not have
a driver's license subsequently issued under this chapter.
(b) A person commits an offense if the person is the subject
of an order issued under any law of this state that prohibits the
person from obtaining a driver's license and the person operates a
motor vehicle on a highway.
(c) It is not a defense to prosecution under this section
that the person did not receive actual notice of a suspension
imposed as a result of a conviction for an offense under Section
(d) Except as provided by Subsection (c), it is an
affirmative defense to prosecution of an offense, other than an
offense under Section 521.341, that the person did not receive
actual notice of a cancellation, suspension, revocation, or
prohibition order relating to the person's license. For purposes
of this section, actual notice is presumed if the notice was mailed
in accordance with law.
(e) Except as provided by Subsection (f), an offense under
this section is a misdemeanor punishable by:
(1) a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500; and
(2) confinement in county jail for a term of not less
than 72 hours or more than six months.
(f) If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this
section that the person has previously been convicted of an offense
under this section or an offense under Section 601.371(a), as that
law existed before September 1, 2003, the offense is a Class A
(g) For purposes of this section, a conviction for an
offense that involves operation of a motor vehicle after August 31,
1987, is a final conviction, regardless of whether the sentence for
the conviction is probated.
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