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There are two cases you need to be concerned with when arrested for DWI. The first is the DWI charge and the second involves your driver’s license. The arresting officer should have given you paperwork regarding your license and right to drive called a DIC-25 Notice of Suspension and Temporary Driving Permit. This paperwork is not clear and implies that your license will automatically be suspended. However, this is incorrect.
The ALR Hearing Can Save Your License.
In other words, you can save your driver’s license with an Administrative License Revocation Hearing.
Request an Administrative License Revocation Hearing
The Notice of Suspension and Temporary Driving Permit states that you have 15 days from your arrest to request an ALR hearing on your driver’s license suspension. If you don’t request a hearing, the Texas Department of Public Safety will suspend your license. If you do request a hearing, it will be up to a Judge at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (“SOAH”) to decide whether your license should be suspended.
You Have a 15 Day Deadline
You only have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request the hearing. Contact us immediately to discuss the proper way to request an ALR Hearing or have us handle it for you.
Why is the ALR Hearing Important?
Firstly, an ALR Hearing is a civil proceeding. As such, lawyers are entitled to discovery and to subpoena witnesses. Through this discovery, we get access to paperwork we normally would not get. In most cases, we subpoena the officers involved in your case and have them give live testimony. Since this occurs before the District Attorney’s Office is involved, we can cross-examine officers before the District Attorney prepares them. As you might guess, unprepared witnesses often say the strangest things and these comments can benefit your defense and allow you to beat your DWI charge.
Secondly, testimony is given under oath and provides details to support your DWI defense. This means that if the officer can’t remember important details or says something that is incorrect, we can take a transcript of his testimony and present it to the District Attorney. As a result, we have achieved many dismissals for clients because an unprepared witness made a mistake.