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In Texas, if you are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated your driver license may be suspended, even if you are later found not guilty or the charges are dismissed!
The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings.
If you are arrested for DWI and refuse and/or fail the breath or blood test you will be served a notice that your driver license will be suspended. You have 14 days from the date the suspension notice is served to request a DWI driver’s license hearing. If you do not request this DWI driver’s license hearing, the suspension goes into effect on the 40th day after the notice is served. This date is usually 40 days after the arrest!
It is imperative that you submit a request for a DWI driver’s license hearing within the required 14 days! If the 14 day deadline is not met, the request for a hearing will be denied!
At the hearing, which may take up to 120 days to be scheduled, the Department of Public Safety will provide the arrest report to the judge. If the arresting officer is not subpoenaed by the accused driver, the police report will be admitted as evidence without any testimony. It is the responsibility of the accused driver to provide facts to the hearing officer to fight the license suspension. The judge will then determine if the reasons for the suspension are valid. As an Austin DWI attorney, Stephen T Bowling, P.C., conducts the ALR hearing for all clients. We personally request discovery and reviews all videos, looking for weak points in the case, to protect your driving privileges.
OUR SKILLED AUSTIN ALR HEARING ATTORNEY CAN HELP
If you are pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and either fail or refuse a breath or blood test, you will have your driver’s license suspended for anywhere from 90 days to 2 years if you do not request a Texas administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing. At Stephen T Bowling, Austin DWI Attorneys we always request a Texas ALR hearing on your driver’s license if we are hired within the required 15 days of receiving the license suspension notice.
There have been instances where we have had the criminal case DWI charges dismissed as a result of testimony obtained during the ALR hearing. Although an ALR hearing is a civil case between you and the Texas Department of Public Safety; we consider the ALR hearing a critical part of the criminal case because it gives us the opportunity to question the officer under oath before the prosecutor has had the chance to “prepare” the officer to testify in the criminal case. This is why we conduct the ALR hearing as part of the flat fee DWI representation!
At Stephen T Bowling, Austin DWI Attorney, we can assist you with the ALR hearing process. Our firm acts quickly and effectively to request a hearing on your behalf, and we represent you without you needing to be present during the proceedings.
Need to schedule an ALR Hearing? Contact our firm at (512) 599-9000 today!
HOW WE CAN ASSIST YOU
Having your driver’s license suspended following a DWI arrest can permanently tarnish your driving record. This can lead to higher car insurance rates, increased difficulty getting to work or school, and a negative stigma that can be detrimental to your day-to-day life. In Texas, being arrested for DWI leads to an automatic license suspension unless you submit your appeal within 15 days. Because of this limited timeframe, it’s absolutely crucial to enlist the help of an Austin DWI lawyer as soon as possible in order to fight your driver’s license from being suspended.
Our Austin DWI lawyer can help you fight your driver’s license suspension by determining if a law enforcement officer:
- Had reasonable suspicion to detain or arrest you for DWI,
- Correctly attempted to administer a breath or blood test,
- Informed you of the consequences of refusing a breath test, and
- Properly carried out the field sobriety tests.
Once we’ve gathered the details of your case, our experienced Austin DWI lawyer can contest the Texas Department of Public Safety’s case during your ALR hearing; with the added benefit of getting critical testimony to help in your criminal case.
Being charged with DWI is already stressful enough—having your license suspended can limit your ability to get around or get to work, causing transportation and economic hardships on top of everything else. If you’re facing driver’s license suspension after a DWI arrest, Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorney is here to help.
Schedule your free initial consultation—call us at (512) 599-9000.
Proven Defense by a Former Law Enforcement Officer
Many people who are charged with an Austin DWI just assume there is no way to fight it. They think the best they can hope for is a smaller fine or a reduction in the amount of time they lose their license. We focus on defending anyone accused of a DWI. With the right legal counsel, there are other outcomes. Depending on the facts of the case, what if…
- Instead of months of suspension, you don’t lose your license at all?
- Instead of making a deal for probation, you never get convicted?
- Instead of having a DWI conviction, your record stays clean?
- Instead of cutting bad deals, you get a vigorous DWI defense?
While every case depends on the facts and circumstances at play, mounting an aggressive defense to DWI charges may be your best option. The Austin Criminal Defense attorneys at Stephen T Bowling, P.C., handle all drunk driving cases, defending clients in both the criminal proceedings and driver’s license hearings.
Don’t trust just anyone with your DWI defense. Contact the law firm of Stephen T Bowling, PC, by e-mail or call us at 512-599-9000 to schedule your free consultation with an Austin DWI lawyer to discover some strategies we pursue in defending Austin Driving While Intoxicated cases.
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