What is a Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Hearing?
FACT: The driver’s license revocation (ALR) hearing may be the most important part of your DWI defense!
Just because you were arrested for DWI, your license is not automatically suspended. When you’re arrested and charged with a DWI in the state of Texas, your driver’s license is confiscated by the arresting officer. Even though you are issued a temporary driving permit that expires after 40 days,you have just 15 days after your arrest to request a driver’s license revocation hearing, also known as a Administrative License Revocation hearing.
FACT: Failing to request a administrative license revocation hearing within the 15 day deadline will result in your license being automatically suspended.
It is essential to convince a judge to allow you to retain your license after a revocation 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.
Driver’s License revocation hearings can often be won based on technical defenses such as an improperly administered field sobriety test, exposure to certain types of solvents, or a preexisting medical condition.
The Revocation Hearing is only the first challenge to overcome when facing a DWI charge. This is another reason why a Driver’s 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. During this hearing, your lawyer will get the chance to question the arresting officer and other key witnesses, as well as 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.
Clyde Burleson handles all phases of the DWI legal process including Texas Driver’s 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 fines 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 Burleson 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.