Rio Grande Valley, Texas: Free legal clinic to assist drivers with suspended licenses

Law students will be holding a free legal clinic Thursday to assist Rio Grande Valley drivers whose licenses have been suspended due to their inability to pay traffic tickets.

University of Texas School of Law students will help drivers, who lost their license because of the state’s Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program, get on track to recover their driver’s license and get back behind the wheel. They will assist drivers on an individual basis by researching the circumstances surrounding suspended, revoked or nonrenewable licenses and provide information detailing steps they must take to recover them, in addition to helping with applications for fee waivers and reductions.

The Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program, which has been in effect since 2003, added additional fees for drivers with a history of multiple offenses like speeding, driving without insurance and driving while intoxicated, and failure to pay can result in the Texas Department of Public Safety automatically suspending someone’s license.