What You Can Do With an Occupational Driver’s License

Following a DWI or DUI conviction, it is likely that your driver’s license will be suspended for a set period or revoked entirely. For some people this is simply an inconvenience that can be dealt with for the duration of the suspension, but for others it may create a serious hardship that prevents them from providing for their family.

In situations such as this, a skilled attorney may be able to convince the court that you are in need of an occupational driver’s license (ODL) in order to perform necessary work duties and provide for yourself and your family. These limited documents will allow you to drive but only in very limited situations.

ODL Restrictions

An ODL does not restore all of your driving rights, but instead allows you to drive your vehicle in order to fulfill the tasks that the court deems necessary for the maintenance of your household. These tasks commonly include the following:

  • Commuting to and from work
  • Commuting to school or dropping children off at school
  • Basic household tasks such as grocery shopping

Any use of your vehicle outside of these limited definitions will constitute driving without a license and you will be penalized for the infraction.

Contact Us

If you have lost the right to drive following a DWI or DUI conviction and are in need of a license to perform regular work duties to earn a living, a skilled Dallas occupational license attorney may be able to help. Call the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007 to speak with our dedicated legal staff about the process of obtaining an occupational driver’s license.


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