While most people only think of the criminal proceedings when considering DWI charges, there is another process you will need to contend with: the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) process. The outcome of the ALR hearing will decide whether you get to keep your driver’s license or whether the state suspends it for up to two years.
The process can be complicated, and it is easy to make mistakes. An ALR suspended license lawyer in Grand Prairie can help. By representing you at the administrative hearing, your lawyer may be able to uphold your right to drive.
Contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today, at 214-696-9253, to schedule a free case review.
What Does an ALR Suspended License Lawyer Do to Help with My Case?
A DWI lawyer who understands the ALR process can provide a number of significant benefits to clients facing the suspension of their driver’s license.
Your lawyer will handle the scheduling of your ALR hearing, to ensure that you do not miss the deadline and that the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) receives your request.
At the hearing, your attorney will represent you, to protect your legal rights and ensure that you do not give any incriminating testimony that the prosecutor could use against you in your criminal trial.
To protect your driver’s license, your ALR lawyer will argue for your right to keep your license, so that you can continue to drive to work or school. If the court decides to uphold your suspension, we can help you apply for a restricted or work-only driving permit.
That is not all we can do for you. While keeping your license is important, we will also use the DMV hearing to examine at the prosecution’s evidence against you. We can then use this information to help bolster your criminal defense.
What Can I Expect from the ALR Process in Grand Prairie?
As a part of getting a driver’s license in Texas, you promise to never to drive while intoxicated. You further agree that you will consent to chemical testing for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when the police request it.
If the police pull you over for driving drunk, they must establish probable cause to request BAC testing, which they typically achieve by asking you to submit to field sobriety tests. If you fail these roadside tests, they will place you under arrest and seize your license.
They will issue you a DPS form, Form DIC-25, Notice of Suspension and Temporary Driving Permit. Having this form in your possession allows you to drive temporarily.
To protect your right to drive, you must schedule a hearing within 15 days of your arrest.
TxDPS must receive your request within 15 days of your arrest. If not, it will suspend your license for up to two years.
You can follow the instructions on the DIC-25 form. Options include requesting a hearing by phone, by mail, or by completing a hearing request form online.
Once TxDPS schedules your hearing, it will notify you of the date by mail. It will use the mailing address it has on file for you. If it does not have your current address on file, you may miss your notification — and your hearing.
If you make any mistakes on the form, or if TxDPS declines your request for a hearing, you will not know until you receive the notification by mail — well after your 15-day grace period has ended.
If you have an ALR suspended license lawyer handle scheduling your hearing, you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing the request forms are correct and that your lawyer will obtain confirmation within the time limit.
Does My Criminal Case Affect My ALR Hearing?
No. No matter what happens with your criminal case, the ALR hearing will go forward — even if the prosecutor drops the charges against you or if the court dismisses your case.
The ALR hearing is solely to determine whether you will lose your license for a DWI arrest. This proceeding occurs before an administrative law judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings.
While your criminal case does not affect your ALR hearing, what your lawyer learns during your ALR hearing can affect your criminal case.
The arresting officer in your case must testify under oath, which will provide your lawyer with a chance to question him. In doing so, we can potentially identify any weaknesses in the case or errors that the police may have made during the traffic stop, arrest, and chemical testing phases.
Using this information, we can shore up your DWI defense.
Meet with an ALR Suspended License Lawyer in Grand Prairie at No Cost
The sooner you talk to a criminal defense lawyer after your arrest, the sooner you can make some important decisions about your future.
As soon as you allow the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg to go to work on your behalf, you can rest assured that we will protect your legal rights and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.
Randall Isenberg understands how important your driver’s license is. He will use his over 30 years of experience to help you keep it. Contact our office today at 214-696-9253 to schedule a free consultation with an ALR suspended license lawyer in Grand Prairie.