Attorney For Traffic Tickets Humble TX

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Texas Surcharge Law

On September 01, 2003, the Drivers Responsibility Program instilled a system that allows the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to assign surcharges to citizens who commit certain traffic offenses. A surcharge is a fee that is levied once a year for three years. If a person receives a surcharge, they are notified by mail once it is attached to their driver’s record. Surcharges are in addition to any other payments or fees owed to the DPS, and they do not cancel out a suspension, revocation, denial, disqualification or cancellation from the same conviction prompting the surcharge. Drivers receive surcharges two ways: The Point System and Conviction Based. If a driver accrues both points and convictions, the individual gets a surcharge for each offense ( One for the points and one for the conviction). The DPS reviews surcharge cases annually. You can check the status of your driving record here.

The Offenses

A driver will receive a surcharge if the individual possesses six or more points on their driving record or if the underlying conviction for the surcharge is still within three years. Surcharges are also for the following offenses: Driving While Intoxicated(DWI), No Insurance, Driving While License Invalid (DWLI), and No Driver License. Once a conviction is rendered for their offense, and it is attached a driving record, the person is assigned points and remains on their record for three years from the date of the conviction. Also, the DPS will assess two points for a Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction and three points for a Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction that results in a crash. A person can prevent accumulating points if they decide to take a defensive driving class.

The Payment of Surcharges

A specific surcharge fee varies from case to case. However, there is a general schedule of the surcharge fee. A surcharge can range from $100 to $2000. For instance, it is $100 points for the first six points on the driving record and twenty-five dollars for each additional point. The conviction surcharge fee assessment is as follows:

  • 1st DWI: $1,000
  • Subsequent DWI: $1,500
  • DWI with Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.16 or More: $2,000
  • No Insurance: Up to $250
  • DWLI: $250
  • No Driver License: Up to $100

There is a payment processing period of 24 to 48 business hours, and it takes 3-5 business days to update driver records. The DPS offers “Advance Pay” where a driver can pay for the three-year surcharge in one payment. The only surcharges that qualify for the Advance Pay option are DWIs, No Insurance, DWLIs, and Driving without a License. Failure to pay a surcharge will result in a suspended license. The surcharge fees go to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts who uses 99% of the funds for the Trauma Center and the Texas General Revenue Fund. The other 1% goes to the administration of the Driver Responsibility Program.

Points & Surcharge Reduction Programs

The Indigency Program waives the amount of a surcharge for drivers who household income is or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. On the other hand, the Incentive Program reduces the amount of a surcharge for drivers with income above 125%  and below 300% of the federal poverty. The Court Ordered Indigence Program waives all surcharges related to a particular conviction that occurred in a specific court once indigence is proven; However, the order is invalid if given from a different court. The DPS offers general alternative ways to reduce a surcharge fee. For instance, The Points Reduction Program reduces a point each year a driver does not receive a points conviction on their driving record. The Military Deferral Program reduce surcharges for active military members deployed or scheduled to deploy within the continental United States. For more information about surcharges, please visit the website here.

Monks Law Firm

No one enjoys getting a ticket and going to court.  It’s even more frustrating when you are unaware of new laws that may affect your case. As a result, our team works hard to stay abreast of the new and updated traffic laws. Our range of concentrations is broad which is an advantage for our clients. Also, we also offer assistance in Criminal Law and Wills and Probate services. We feel we are the best team to help our clients through their traffic woes. If you have any questions about our services, please contact us at 713-666-6657 or visit our website here.

Fun Facts About Humble

  • Joseph Dunhan visited the area in 1828 and assumed to be the first settler. He is also the first person to be buried in Humble Cemetery.
  • The area, Humble, was named after Pleasant Smith “Plez” Humble. He was one of the original settlers who opened the first post office within his home and became the town’s justice of the peace.
  • Oil was produced in the early 1900s and ultimately became a major oil town. The first railroad entered Humble in 1904.
  • E. Barrett drilled for oil in this area 1904. Since the town was booming with oil, the population rose from 700 to 20,000. Exxon was initially known as the Humble Oil and Refining Company.
  • Humble incorporated in 1933. Today, Humble has a population of 16,544.
  • Humble was quiet until the opening of Houston Intercontinental Airport of 1969. This event led to the flourishing of the area including the building of more residential neighborhoods. As a result, there was a boom in demand for healthcare services, schools, numerous commercial establishments to provide for the growing populations.