Can I contest surcharges on an out of state deferred DUI?
Question Details: A year ago, I got a dui while working in NM. I received a deferred sentence and completed all of the stipulations which to my understanding is no longer a conviction. I got a letter from TX DPS stating that since I was convicted of a charge elsewhere of something that would get me a DL suspension and surcharge that I now have both of those things. Do I have a valid contestation to the surcharges as I no longer have a conviction on my record and, if so, who should I contact about it?
Texas has agreements with other states to honor their driver license suspensions. The purpose of this rule is to prevent someone from picking up a charge in one state and avoiding the consquences by simply moving. So a suspension in another state will result in similar consequences in Texas. You can try to contest the surcharges, but they will most likely be update pursuant to these interstate agreements.