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As an Austin DWI attorney, I’m often asked, “Is my license suspended immediately after getting arrested for a DWI?” The answer is: No, it’s not. If you don’t request a driver’s license hearing within 15 days, then usually on the 40th day following the day of arrest your license will be suspended. If it was a consensual blood test, then 40 days after getting noticed that you were over 0.08, then your license will be suspended.

If you consented to the breath or blood tests on a first offense, it’s a 90-day suspension. If you refuse to give a breath or blood, then it’s a 180-day suspension. If you do request a hearing within the 15 days, and that’s something we do as part of every case, if it is suspended, it won’t be suspended until after the Texas administrative license revocation hearing (Texas ALR hearing), which is typically four, five, or six months after the date of arrest.

Even if your license is suspended we are able to get our client an occupational driver’s license. The occupational driver’s license allows you to drive to and from work, to pick kids up from school, and run household errands; up to 12 hours a day.

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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DWI Case Factors

What is Intoxicated?
What is “operating” a motor vehicle?
What is a “Public Place”?
Drugged Driving
DWI Penalties
DWI with a Child under 15
DWI with a BAC over 0.15
DWI with Open Container
14 day Driver’s License Requirement


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