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DWI Repercussions on Driver’s Education

DWI Repercussion may prevent a parent from teaching his child

Getting a driver’s license is a major life milestone, many see it as a right of passage. But there are repercussions if a parent has a DWI.

Signing off as a parent “instructor” for a person’s driver’s license involves many hours. Having a DPS agent tell your child they are ineligible for a license because of your prior DWI is embarrassing. Not to mention, a driver’s license application rejection because of this wastes many precious hours. Many teenagers are turning to their parents in modern times to satisfy the driver’s education requirement for a driver’s license. A DWI conviction or ALR suspension can prevent a person from qualifying as an “instructor” for parent taught driver’s education. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) now regulates parent-taught driver’s education, instead of the Department of Public Safety.

As a DWI repercussion, the regulations state that the student’s parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian appointed by a court does not qualify if they have not had a valid driver’s license in the past 3 years (eg. an ALR suspension) or a DWI in the last 7 years. You will save yourself time and trouble by enrolling your student driver in a formal driver’s education course. Or, you could designate someone who otherwise qualifies. For qualifications see: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/driver/parenttaughtreqs.htm#instructor. Although this is a very unfair action penalizing the student driver, it is the law. It is also very helpful to know the other requirements to qualify as an instructor for parent driver education. For example, not having too many ‘points’ on your diving record.

More about Mimi Coffey

When people look for a Top DWI Attorney or Best DWI Attorney, they look for experience, certification, and respect in the legal community. Mimi Coffey is a nationally-renowned trial attorney, board-certified in DWI by the NCDD. She has been practicing for over 24 years and is an author of multiple DWI Defense textbooks. She is also a national and state-wide lecturer on the law.

The Coffey Firm handles a wide variety of cases, including Unlawful Carrying Weapon (UCW), Assault (including family violence), and Possession charges.

Mimi is also listed on several “top” directory listings such as DWI Lawyers for Wise County, DWI Lawyer Tarrant CountyDWI attorney Dallas County, DWI attorneys Collin County and DWI attorneys Parker County. Mimi is a caring DWI Lawyer in DFW, She is also involved in the Texas Tech School of Law foundation and enjoys using the skills she has developed to give back to the community.