ALR Suspended License Lawyer in Denton
In Texas, just getting arrested for drunk driving is enough to cost you your driver’s license for up to two years. This could keep you from getting to work or school, or driving your children around. Do not risk the suspension of your license. Get an ALR suspended license lawyer in Denton on your side to protect your legal rights and fight for the best possible outcome.
To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Randall B Isenberg today at 214-696-9253.
Will I Lose My License for a First Offense DWI?
Maybe. When the police arrest you on suspicion of driving drunk, they seize your driver’s license and issue you a temporary permit to drive. Within 15 days of your arrest, you must make a formal request for an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing.
If you fail to schedule your hearing, the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) will suspend your license. Even if you do schedule your hearing, the judge may rule to suspend your license anyway. This is true even if the court drops your DWI charges.
For your first DWI, you could lose your license for up to one year. The court has the option to waive the license suspension for the first offense.
Once your suspension concludes, you must pay a substantial surcharge — $1,000 to $2,000 — to reinstate your license. You must pay this fee every year for three years, if you want to keep your license in good standing.
An ALR suspended license lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can prevent you from making any legal mistakes that could inadvertently cost you your license. We will work diligently to protect your legal rights as well as your driving privileges.
How Does the ALR Suspended License Process Work?
Once the police pull you over on suspicion of drunk driving, they must establish probable cause for arresting you and requesting chemical testing for blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
Once an officer establishes probable cause, you will receive Form DIC-25, the Notice of Suspension and Temporary Driving Permit, and take your permanent driver’s license from you. With this form, you have legal driving privileges for 15 days, during which time you must request a suspended license hearing.
To schedule your hearing, you must follow the instructions contained on the DIC-25 form. You can request a hearing by mail, by completing a form on the TxDPS website, or by fax. TxDPS will then respond to your request by mail, using the address you have on file for your driver’s license.
If you fail to request a hearing, TxDPS will suspend your license. If you made any mistakes in the paperwork requesting your ALR hearing, or if your request gets lost in the mail, you could miss the deadline and lose your license.
At your hearing, which will occur at one of the Office of Administrative Hearings locations nearest you, you must give sworn testimony under oath. The arresting officer will also give sworn testimony, and anyone else who has relevant information about your case can present evidence.
An administrative law judge will oversee these civil proceedings. Once testimony concludes, the judge will rule on whether to suspend your license.
Does the ALR Hearing Have an Effect on My DWI Charges?
Although the ALR process is legally unrelated to the criminal proceedings of your DWI case, the suspended license hearing can influence how your lawyer approaches your criminal trial.
Because you must present sworn testimony at the ALR hearing, the prosecutor can use your testimony against you in court. This means that you could potentially incriminate yourself during the ALR hearing.
But, because the arresting officer must also testify under oath, this will be your first chance to learn about the evidence the prosecutor has against you. This information can prove invaluable for building your criminal defense.
When we represent you at the hearing, we can protect you from implicating yourself during your testimony. We will also have the opportunity to question the arresting officer and gain critical insight into the existing evidence.
What Are the Benefits of Having an ALR Suspended License Lawyer in Denton?
Having a criminal defense attorney who has knowledge and experience with the ALR suspended license process will provide several important benefits.
Most importantly, your lawyer will protect your legal rights and fight to ensure you keep your driver’s license.
Specifically, your lawyer will handle the requesting of your ALR hearing, ensuring TxDPS receives your request and schedules this proceeding in a timely manner.
Your lawyer will attend the hearing with you, to handle the legal aspects of the proceedings and keep you from presenting testimony that harms your case. Your attorney will argue against the suspension of your license and, if necessary, appeal the decision to revoke your license. Failing that, your lawyer will argue for you to obtain limited driving privileges that will allow you to get to work or school, attend court, go to the doctor, or run other important personal errands.
Finally, your ALR suspended license lawyer will use any information obtained during the hearing to strengthen your criminal defense.
Consult an ALR Suspended License Lawyer in Denton Today
Do not attempt to handle your driver’s license suspension hearing alone. Having a criminal defense lawyer on your side can help you fight for the best possible outcome in every aspect of your case.
Attorney Randall Isenberg has spent more than 30 years working as a criminal defense lawyer, judge, and prosecutor. The insight his extensive background provides is invaluable for helping you through this challenging time.
Contact us today at 214-696-9253 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.