If you are charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), on top of potential jail time and hefty fines, you could be facing the possibility of having your license suspended. This penalty can have a ripple effect on how you travel to and from work, provide for your family, and carry out various personal errands.
Having your license contested could be a reality in your situation regardless of:
- Whether you are innocent or guilty of the DWI charge
- Whether the charges against you are ultimately dropped
- How many times you have been charged with a DWI in the past
Administrative license revocation (ALR) is the process by which your license could be suspended, and you can request a hearing to contest this consequence. At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we understand how these cases progress and what needs to be done to build an argument for your defense. We may be able to use evidence in your situation to prove that license suspension is not necessary or reduce the period of suspension.
To learn more about what a Denton ALR suspended license lawyer can do for you, call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253.
The Basics of the ALR Process
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), the ALR process may come into effect if:
- You refused to submit a blood or breath test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level
- You took a blood or breath test, and your BAC level was 0.08% or higher
- You took a blood or breath test, and your BAC level was 0.04% or higher, and you were driving a commercial vehicle
If you are subsequently arrested on a DWI or boating while intoxicated (BWI) charge, then the ALR process will begin. From there, what comes immediately next will rest upon the details of your situation. In general, you will need to request a temporary driving permit, whether from the arresting officer or another authority at the location where you are processed.
You have 15 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing to appeal the suspension of your license or forfeit the right to a hearing altogether, according to the TxDPS. If you do not request a hearing, the suspension of your license goes into effect 40 days after your initial arrest.
A Lawyer’s Role in Your ALR Hearing and Beyond
If you have yet to file your hearing request, a Denton ALR suspended license lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can provide you with many services. They can listen to the details of your situation and advocate for your legal rights. They can also help you file the request to have your license reinstated while addressing other areas of your charges.
Your legal team may be able to prove that your case was not properly handled by law enforcement or that the charges against you are unfounded. If successful, they may be able to have the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether.
A Denton ALR suspended license lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg may be able to:
- Formulate a defense as to why your license should not be suspended
- Accompany you at your ALR hearing and defend your legal rights
- Conduct an independent investigation to strengthen your defense
- Attempt to secure evidence that casts reasonable doubt on the case against you
- Seek flaws in your arrest, such as a lack of probable cause for pulling you over
- Negotiate for a lesser fine or reduced jail time, if necessary
This is not a full list of what your lawyer may be able to accomplish on your behalf. While you do have the legal right to represent yourself in court, you may not want to take actions that put your future in jeopardy. A legal team that understands how DWI cases proceed can employ measures that are designed to put your best interests first. Call the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253.
Additional Legal Consequences to License Suspension
You may want to consider working with a Denton ALR suspended license lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest. This way, you can be fully informed of your legal rights from the moment your case starts and avoid making mistakes throughout the process. Additionally, the TxDPS notes that it could take as long as 120 days after your arrest to schedule a hearing to restore your driving privileges. This period could have detrimental effects on your ability to earn a living and provide for your family.
License suspension is not the only penalty you could be facing for a DWI charge. According to the TxDPS, if this is your first offense, you could also be facing:
- A fine no more than $2,000
- Three days to 180 days in jail
- Losing your license for up to a year
If this is not your first offense, you can only expect these penalties to increase in severity.
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Our founding partner, Randall B. Isenberg, has more than 30 years of experience in the Texas courts as a former prosecutor and judge. Now, he puts his knowledge to work for those who are facing legal trouble.
The prospect of a suspended license may be only the beginning of your DWI or BWI-related hurdles, but you do not have to face such obstacles on your own. Call our team at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today at (214) 696-9253 to learn more about how we may be able to help with your case.