Texas Family Code

Sec. § 54.042
License Suspension


(a)

A juvenile court, in a disposition hearing under Section 54.04 (Disposition Hearing), shall:

(1)

order the Department of Public Safety to suspend a child’s driver’s license or permit, or if the child does not have a license or permit, to deny the issuance of a license or permit to the child if the court finds that the child has engaged in conduct that:

(A)

violates a law of this state enumerated in Section 521.342(a), Transportation Code; or

(B)

violates a penal law of this state or the United States, an element or elements of which involve a severe form of trafficking in persons, as defined by 22 U.S.C. Section 7102; or

(2)

notify the Department of Public Safety of the adjudication, if the court finds that the child has engaged in conduct that violates a law of this state enumerated in Section 521.372 (Automatic Suspension; License Denial)(a), Transportation Code.

(b)

A juvenile court, in a disposition hearing under Section 54.04 (Disposition Hearing), may order the Department of Public Safety to suspend a child’s driver’s license or permit or, if the child does not have a license or permit, to deny the issuance of a license or permit to the child, if the court finds that the child has engaged in conduct that violates Section 28.08 (Graffiti), Penal Code.

(c)

The order under Subsection (a)(1) shall specify a period of suspension or denial of 365 days.

(d)

The order under Subsection (b) shall specify a period of suspension or denial:

(1)

not to exceed 365 days; or

(2)

of 365 days if the court finds the child has been previously adjudicated as having engaged in conduct violating Section 28.08 (Graffiti), Penal Code.

(e)

A child whose driver’s license or permit has been suspended or denied pursuant to this section may, if the child is otherwise eligible for, and fulfills the requirements for issuance of, a provisional driver’s license or permit under Chapter 521 (Driver’s Licenses and Certificates), Transportation Code, apply for and receive an occupational license in accordance with the provisions of Subchapter L of that chapter.

(f)

A juvenile court, in a disposition hearing under Section 54.04 (Disposition Hearing), may order the Department of Public Safety to suspend a child’s driver’s license or permit or, if the child does not have a license or permit, to deny the issuance of a license or permit to the child for a period not to exceed 12 months if the court finds that the child has engaged in conduct in need of supervision or delinquent conduct other than the conduct described by Subsection (a).

(g)

A juvenile court that places a child on probation under Section 54.04 (Disposition Hearing) may require as a reasonable condition of the probation that if the child violates the probation, the court may order the Department of Public Safety to suspend the child’s driver’s license or permit or, if the child does not have a license or permit, to deny the issuance of a license or permit to the child for a period not to exceed 12 months. The court may make this order if a child that is on probation under this condition violates the probation. A suspension under this subsection is cumulative of any other suspension under this section.

(h)

If a child is adjudicated for conduct that violates Section 49.04 (Driving While Intoxicated), 49.07 (Intoxication Assault), or 49.08 (Intoxication Manslaughter), Penal Code, and if any conduct on which that adjudication is based is a ground for a driver’s license suspension under Chapter 524 (Administrative Suspension of Driver’s License for Failure to Pass Test for Intoxication) or 724 (Implied Consent), Transportation Code, each of the suspensions shall be imposed. The court imposing a driver’s license suspension under this section shall credit a period of suspension imposed under Chapter 524 (Administrative Suspension of Driver’s License for Failure to Pass Test for Intoxication) or 724 (Implied Consent), Transportation Code, toward the period of suspension required under this section, except that if the child was previously adjudicated for conduct that violates Section 49.04 (Driving While Intoxicated), 49.07 (Intoxication Assault), or 49.08 (Intoxication Manslaughter), Penal Code, credit may not be given.
Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 1605, ch. 303, Sec. 25, eff. Jan. 1, 1984. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 629, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 14, Sec. 284(42), eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 784, Sec. 7, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 491, Sec. 3, eff. June 15, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 14.32, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 262, Sec. 40, eff. Jan. 1, 1996; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 30.183, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 593, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1013, Sec. 17, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 62, Sec. 19.01(18), eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 283, Sec. 20, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146 (H.B. 2730), Sec. 18.02, eff. September 1, 2009.
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