20 Questions: Arrested for DWI in Texas. I got a DWI in another state, so will my Texas license be suspended?
20 Questions: Arrested for DWI in Texas is the first book in the 20 Questions series by Peter M. Lopez. It is currently available to read in ebook form below and for download as a pdf. A paperback version is scheduled to be released this summer.
Each question answered in 20 Questions: Arrested for DWI in Texas is also answered individually for your convenience here on our website if you are searching for answers to specific questions.
As you read, you may discover you have other questions. If so, links to the answers to the other nineteen questions in the book are provided below.
This is the 19th question answered in the book.
19. I got a DWI in another state, so will my Texas license be suspended?
As discussed above, Texas has adopted the Driver License Compact, which requires member states to report various driving convictions to other member states. If you were convicted of a DWI or an offense of a “substantially similar nature” in another member state, and that state reports the suspension or conviction to Texas, then the State of Texas will honor the suspension. If the state does not report the suspension or conviction, then nothing will happen. If a conviction is reported, then the applicable suspension periods under Texas law would apply. If DPS attempts to suspend your license, a notice of suspension will be mailed to the address on your license, and you have the right to contest the suspension at a hearing as described above.
The truth of the matter, though, is no one knows for sure. I’ve spoken with several attorneys from different states, and no one really knows for certain. Every state’s approach is different, and every state’s diligence in enforcement is different. It is possible to resolve a DWI and years later be facing a suspended license because of how long it takes states to communicate with each other. This is another example of why it is so important to have an experienced DWI attorney assisting you with your case.
If you have other questions about a DWI arrest in Texas, here are the answers to the other nineteen:
- 1. What will happen if I am convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas?
- 2. What does “intoxicated” mean in Texas?
- 3. What if this is not my first DWI?
- 4. Can the police officer take my license?
- 5. Will my driver license be suspended?
- 6. Can I get my driver license back?
- 7. How long will my license be suspended?
- 8. How can my license be suspended for refusal when I asked for a blood test?
- 9. How do I get an occupational license?
- 10. When can I get an occupational license?
- 11. Can I get deferred adjudication to keep a DWI off my record?
- 12. Will my employer find out I got a DWI?
- 13. Can I get the DWI off my record?
- 14. Will I have to appear in Court?
- 15. What if I have to work on the day of my court hearing?
- 16. What if I missed my first court hearing?
- 17. If I wasn’t read my rights, will my case get dismissed?
- 18. I do not live in Texas, so will my license still be suspended?
- 19. I got a DWI in another state, so will my Texas license be suspended?
- 20. What is the difference between DWI and DUI in Texas?