Why is the ALR Hearing So Important?
The Administrative License Revocation Hearing, also known as an ALR Hearing, can save your license.
Most people are surprised to learn after being charged with a DWI that there are two cases they need to be concerned with. The first is the DWI charge, itself. The second has to do with your driver’s license. The arresting officer should have given you some paperwork regarding your license and your right to drive called a DIC-25 Notice of Suspension and Temporary Driving Permit. This paperwork tricks many people into believing that their license will automatically be suspended and that there is nothing that can be done to stop it.
This is incorrect. You can save your license with an ALR Hearing
You Can Request an Administrative License Revocation Hearing
What the Notice of Suspension and Temporary Driving Permit says in the fine print at the bottom is 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. In short, once the hearing is requested, DPS must stop all attempts to suspend your license unless they get permission from a Judge.
You Have a 15 Day Deadline
The key deadline is that 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.
Why else is the ALR Hearing So Important?
Did you know that there may be a more important reason to request an ALR Hearing? Because the ALR Hearing is a civil proceeding, you are entitled to something called “discovery”. You also have the power to subpoena witnesses. Our firm routinely use these rules for the benefit of our clients. Sometimes our office receives paperwork that we may not have been able to get in any other way. Often times, we subpoena the officers involved in your case and have them give live testimony. Because this is done before a SOAH Court, the District Attorney’s Office is not involved. This means that we can often cross-examine the officers before the District Attorney’s Office can prepare them. As you might guess, unprepared witnesses often say the strangest things. And, because this testimony was given under oath, it can be used to help you with your DWI charge. 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 that to the District Attorney’s Offices. We have used these procedures to help numerous clients.