DWI License Revocation in Texas
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In the state of Texas, and across the country, DWI offenses are viewed as two-fold violations against state criminal law and state traffic laws. While there are criminal penalties that accompany a DWI conviction, administrative penalties on your driver’s license don’t always require a conviction of the DWI charge. If you have been arrested for DWI in Texas, you must act quickly to protect your license from being suspended unnecessarily.
Contact Stephen T. Bowling, Austin DWI Attorney today to discuss your defense. Reach our firm at (512) 595-7080.
Administrative License Revocation
When it comes to the eligibility of your Texas driver’s license, the criminal courts are not primarily in authority over your ability to legally drive after a DWI arrest. In fact, if you don’t act quickly following a DWI arrest, your license could be automatically suspended regardless of whether you go on to be charged or convicted by the criminal courts.
At a traffic stop, if you refuse to take or fail the blood/breath tests, you have just 15 days to request a hearing with the State Office of Administrative Hearings to contest your license suspension. The Administrative License Revocation program is completely separate from a criminal charge/proceeding regarding DWI. Unless you follow up and request a hearing, your license will be suspended for between 90 days and 2 years regardless of that outcome of your DWI charge.
At the hearing on the date and time assigned, an Administrative Law Judge will hear your case and the Texas Department of Public Safety’s case against you. If the judge finds that the DPS has proven it’s case against you regarding a DWI offense, your license will be suspended. If the judge finds that the DPS is unable to prove that you violated state DWI laws, your driver’s license will not be suspended.
Do I Need an Attorney for My ALR Hearing?
While an ALR hearing regarding your license suspension is not a criminal proceeding, it is still a court hearing. You will be required to provide evidence and arguments regarding your innocents of the charges against your license. Since these arguments go hand-in-hand with your criminal court proceeding, it is in your best interest to hire a DWI attorney to handle both legal hearings.
Stephen T. Bowling is not only experienced in DWI law but also served in law enforcement. His knowledge of both helps him to serve his clients effectively when it comes to their Administrative License Revocation hearing.
Contact an Austin DWI lawyer today for your free case evaluation at (512) 595-7080. Your defense deserves to be a priority.