You Have ONLY 15 Days to Save your License with an ALR! What is an Administrative License Revocation Hearing / ALR Hearing?
Make no mistake, the Administrative License Revocation Hearing, also known as an ALR Hearing, may be the most important thing you do as part of your DWI defense. Just because you were arrested for DWI does not mean that your license is automatically suspended. When you are arrested and charged with DWI in the state of Texas, you’re driver’s license is confiscated by the arresting officer. The arresting officer will also give you a DIC-25 notice of Suspension and Temporary Driving Permit. On this form, it says at the top in bold:
“Your License, Permit or Privilege to Operate a Motor Vehicle or Watercraft Will Be Suspended or Denied Effective 40 Days after the Date You Receive This Notice”
The language leads many people to believe their license will be suspended and there there is no way that they can prevent that from happening. What is often missed in all the stress and confusion that comes with being arrested, is the fine print at the bottom:
“You may request a hearing to content the suspension…the request for hearing must be received by the Texas Department of Public Safety no later than 15 days after you received or are presumed to have received notice of suspension. Failure to request a hearing within this time is a waiver of your right to a hearing.”
This hearing is known as a Administrative License Revocation Hearing or ALR Hearing.
Failing to Request an ALR Hearing Within 15 Days Will Result in Your License Being Automatically Suspended.
It is essential to convince a judge to allow you to retain your license at the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Hearing. Imagine not being able to drive. How would it affect your job or your responsibilities such as family and children if the ability to drive was taken away from you? For many, this is an impossibility.
ALR Hearings can often be won based on a judge seeing that your ability to drive is a necessity and that you made a first-time mistake that you will not repeat. They can also be won on technical defenses such as an improperly administered field sobriety test, exposure to certain types of solvents, or a preexisting medical condition.
This is another reason why a Administrative License Revocation Hearing is so important: it’s an excellent chance for your lawyer to:
- Gather the facts and evidence he needs to successfully defend your case
- Question the arresting officer and other key witnesses
- Obtain documents that the District Attorney’s office would not let you have access to otherwise.
This is critical during any trial or sentencing phase and could mean the difference between conviction and acquittal.
Let Us Help You Take the Required Actions, at No Charge or Obligation to You!
Clyde Burleson handles all phases of the DWI legal process including Administrative License Revocation Hearings.
A DWI conviction can ruin your life. The penalties for a DWI in Texas can range from fines, to jail time, to community service, to Texas license suspension and even license revocation. It can leave you saddled with years of debt from costs as well as a criminal record that will follow you everywhere. You could even lose your job.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DWI and is awaiting trial, Clyde W. Burleson, P.C. is an expert Houston DWI defense lawyer and former Assistant District Attorney & Chief Prosecutor for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission who can explain to you the penalties you face and ensure you are not unduly punished.
To get help in requesting a Administrative License Revocation Hearing (or a DPS Administrative Hearing for CDL drivers) call 713-628-1503 or submit this Hearing Form and Clyde will, at no charge, assist you in taking the required actions.