If you are arrested on a DWI charge in Collin County or Dallas-Fort Worth, after being found to have a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or more or a refusal of a blood or breath test, your driver's license will be confiscated by the arresting officer. From the date of the arrest, you will have only 15 days to request an ALR (Administrative License Revocation) hearing, where a judge will make the decision of whether or not to suspend your driving privileges.
It is always in your best interest to have an experienced criminal defense attorney request and represent you at your ALR hearing in order to maximize the chances of keeping your driver's license. At the Shapiro Law Firm in Plano, our DWI lawyers are knowledgeable about ALR hearings and will attend your hearing with you to fight for your rights. With more than 40 years of experience in Texas DWI cases, we can provide the assistance you deserve.
Understanding the Details of Your ALR Hearing
An ALR is a proceeding that occurs before the criminal trial and does not make a determination on whether you are innocent or guilty of a DWI. The ALR's purpose is focused on your driver's license, and if you fail to schedule and attend the hearing, your license will be automatically suspended. The longer you wait to hire an attorney, the more rights and driving privileges you could forfeit.
The police officer who stopped and arrested you is supposed to attend the hearing as well. If he or she does not attend, it is more likely that you will be able to keep your license. If he or she does attend, there is not a substantial burden of proof, which makes it possible that your license will be suspended.
However, the length of the suspension, the ability to get an occupational driver's license and the ability to learn more about the case against you are all reasons why attending an ALR hearing is important, even if your license is suspended.
Contact the Shapiro Law Firm For a Consultation
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI in Texas, you only have 15 days to request an ALR hearing. Contact us at the Shapiro Law Firm to talk with an attorney. Call our office in Plano at 800-554-5247 and schedule a consultation.