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DWI LICENSE REVOCATION ATTORNEYS
LAWYERS FOR DWI LICENSE REVOCATION
Driving while intoxicated in Texas is a very serious offense. A person arrested for DWI will be confronted with two cases. First, they will be faced with criminal charges, possible fines, jail time, and/or probation. The state of Texas will then start a civil proceeding against the individual, designed to suspend their driver’s license. This hearing is called an Administrative License Revocation Hearing, or ALR hearing, and is handled through the Texas Department of Public Safety. An ALR suspension will be initiated if the driver refuses to take a breath/blood test or fails the test, and the driver’s license may be automatically suspended for 180 days.
A person is legally intoxicated and may be charged with a DWI when the BAC (blood or breath alcohol concentration) is above .08. The person is also intoxicated if impaired due to alcohol or other drugs, regardless of BAC. Furthermore, they may be fined up to $500 for having an open container in a vehicle whether they are the driver or passenger. DWI penalties vary depending on how many offenses the individual has had. For the first offense, there may be a fine of up to $2,000, 3 to 180 days in jail, and loss of driver license up to a year. For the second offense, there may be a fine of up to $4,000, one month to a year in jail, and loss of driver license up to two years. For the third offense there may be a 10,000 fine, 2 to 10 years in prison and loss of license up to 2 years.
Each individual who operates a motor vehicle in Texas has implicitly consented to taking a blood, breath, or chemical test upon request from a law enforcement officer. This law also encompasses Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) and affects the flight status of a certified pilot through an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration. It is common practice for a law enforcement officer to tell the driver that he or she must agree to take a breath/blood test or their license will be immediately suspended. This is not correct and is usually done to force or mislead the driver into taking these tests.
What the driver does not know is that he or she has the right to challenge the license suspension in a court of law, and he or she is rarely informed of this right. The law enforcement official will do everything in their power to get you to submit to tests because they know a failed test will make it easier to prosecute. Upon refusal or failure of the test, a police officer is required to hold the arrested individual’s driver’s license and issue a temporary driving permit that is valid for 40 days from the arrest date. An ALR hearing must be requested in order to challenge the suspension and preserve the right to drive. The request is valid even if the hearing is held after the expiration of the temporary license.
At the time of the DWI arrest the driver is usually given a written notice of suspension. If request for a hearing is submitted within a 14-day period, the driver preserves their right to drive until the administrative law judge either rules in their favor or authorizes the DPS to suspend the driving privileges. If a ruling is made against the driver, a lawyer can sometimes prevent the driving suspension by filing an appeal. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys at MAS law firm believe that it is always best to hire an attorney to handle an ALR hearing request. An aggressive ALR hearing may not always prevent the DPS from suspending a driver’s license, but it will assist a DWI lawyer in providing opportunities to enhance chances of success in the criminal phase of the trial.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for a DWI in Dallas, you need to call our attorneys as soon as possible. Our legal team is here to help you with your license revocation and DWI criminal matter. Our attorneys are available for a FREE CONSULTATION, which can be scheduled by calling 972.789.1664, emailing email@example.com, or filling out the form on top of this page. Our criminal defense legal team looks forward to provide you an aggressive and dedicated service for your criminal matter.