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Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
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If you have been arrested for DWI, and you either refused a blood or breathalyzer test or submitted a blood OR BREATH sample with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in excess of 0.08, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will suspend your driver's license during a process called Administrative License Revocation (ALR).

Understanding the Process

ALR is completely unrelated to your criminal case in the criminal court in which it has been filed. The ALR is very important to your criminal case because it can serve as a treasure trove of defense evidence that can be used by your DWI attorney, not to mention the possibility of avoiding the inconvenient driver's license suspension. The ALR hearing is the most important reason why you need to retain an aggressive DWI defense lawyer immediately after you have been arrested for DWI.

Important notes about the ALR process:

  • You only have 15 days from the date of the notice of suspension to request an ALR hearing
  • An automatic driver's license suspension goes into effect the 40th day after the notice was served if you do not request a hearing
  • If the court has appointed you a criminal defense lawyer for your DWI, the court will not pay the lawyer to handle the ALR hearing

Additional Benefits of the Hearing

Requesting the ALR hearing can also be helpful in terms of fighting your DWI case. In the ALR hearing, the police officers that were involved in arresting you are required to testify about the reasons they stopped you and why they decided to arrest you for DWI.

The hearing testimony is transcribed by a court reporter and can be obtained for use in your defense of the DWI in criminal court, where the officers will likely testify about your case a second time, possibly even years later.

If you or a loved one has recently been arrested for DWI, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal attorney in San Antonio to keep your driver's license. Call (210) 201-7622 today for a consultation!

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