Texas Driver Responsibility Program

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What are the ramifications of getting tickets in the State of Texas? If you get a moving violation, the first worry that we have is that our insurance premiums will go up. The cost of auto insurance is a large percentage of our driving costs. However, the insurance is only one of the costs. Under the Texas Driver’s Responsibility Program, if you get a moving violation conviction, you receive 2 points and if the violation results in a wreck you’ll receive 3 points. Once you are given the points they stay with you for three years. If a driver has 6 points, there is a $100 surcharge assessed to the driver. There is a $25 additional charge for each point beyond the six. The charge is assessed for each year the driver has 6 or more points. The surcharge is for each year that the driver has 6 points or greater. No insurance or an invalid driver’s license will cost you an additional $250 per year, or $100 if your license has expired. The highest charges are for convictions of driving while intoxicated. If you are convicted of a first time DWI charge, you will receive a surcharge of $1,000 per year for three years. A subsequent DWI charge will cost you $1,500 per year for three years. And finally, if your blood alcohol concentration is over .16, it will cost you $2,000 per year for three years. Do not ever plead guilty to any of these charges without consulting an attorney first. If you need assistance or have any questions regarding criminal charges or a moving violation, contact the Dallas office of the Morris Law Firm at (214)357-1782 or via email at info@themorrisfirm.net

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