Time Limits, ALR Hearings & DWI Charges in Houston, TX
Posted on Aug 9, 2013 10:09am UTC
If you are arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), the state of Texas will subject you to two separate legal proceedings. Criminal cases, for instance, will concern whether you are guilty of committing a criminal offense. The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program, on the other hand, is a civil administrative process that focuses solely on your driving privileges. While these two proceedings are unrelated to one another, each is crucially important in your fight to avoid or reduce serious penalties after a DWI arrest.
One of the most important things accused individuals should understand after they have been arrested and charged with DWI or DUI is that time is of the essence. In most cases – particularly in those in which an individual submitted to a chemical test – Texas law allows drivers to contest the suspension or revocation of their driver’s license. If you are eligible to do so, you must request an administrative license revocations (ALR) hearing with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) within 15 days of your arrest. Failing to request a hearing within the specified time limit can result in an automatic suspension of your license.
Once you have made a timely request, DPS will inform you of the time, date, and location of your hearing. Scheduling for ALR hearings may take up to 120 days and will be conducted by the State Office of Administrative Hearings. During the hearing, you – and your attorney – will be able to challenge any evidence and state your case for the defense of your license. A hearing officer will make a determination as to whether your suspension is valid or whether it should be overturned.
The Need for Proven DWI Defense During ALR Hearings
An ALR hearing is your opportunity to protect your driver’s license. While many of the criminal penalties handed down by a court upon conviction for a DWI can be severe – including hefty fines and possible terms of imprisonment – driver’s license suspensions are among the most difficult for convicted individuals. As license suspensions have the potential to negatively impact your professional and personal well-being, it is in your best interests not only to exercise your right to request a hearing but also to secure the experienced representation you need to effectively present your case.
At Billy Skinner & Associates, a Houston DWI attorney is prepared to guide you through all aspects of your DWI legal journey from the very first moment that you reach out to the firm for help. Billy Skinner has dedicated his professional career to representing the criminally accused and having assisted numerous clients facing DWI and DUI allegations throughout the years, he is fully equipped with the skills, the resources, and the insight to defend you during both criminal proceedings and ALR hearings.
As time is of such crucial importance during DWI proceedings, our firm encourages you to request a free case evaluation or to contact our office as soon as possible. Take proactive measures to protect your driver’s license and provide our legal team with the time needed to conduct thorough investigations and prepare meticulously for your defense. Contact a Houston DWI lawyer from Billy Skinner & Associates today.