ALR Hearings Adminstrative License Revocations

DWI License Suspensions and ALR Hearings

There are two types of potential suspensions that might results from an ALR hearing: Refusal and Failure. Both are discussed in detail below, but basically, Failure is when a person's blood or breath result is above the legal limit of .08%. Refusal is when a person refuses the chemical tests.

You Only Have 15 Days to Request Your ALR Hearing! Act Now!

DPS imposes a 15 day deadline, from the date of arrest, to request your Texas Administrative Law Hearing. This is the hearing at which a judge will determine if your license will be suspended, and the length of suspension. If you delay in hiring an attorney or delay in requesting a hearing, you will lose the right to the ALR hearing.

About ALR Hearings

Upon arrest for DWI, the officer should confiscate your Texas license, and give you a few forms concerning your temporary 40 day license. At this point, you can still legally drive on that temporary license, but you'll have 15 days from the date of arrest to request an Administrative Law Hearing (ALR Hearing), which will determine whether your license will be suspended -- and for how long. If you miss the 15 day deadline, it is almost impossible to later request a hearing.

We include representation at the ALR Hearing in our DWL Legal Fees! We do not charge you extra for the ALR Hearing. Request an ALR hearing NOW, even if you need more time to hire an attorney! (Link below goes to DPS Website)

Request ALR Hearing

What to Expect at your ALR Hearings

One of the main reasons to conduct the ALR Hearing has little to do with your license. It offers a chance to question the arresting officer, under oath. This gives us great insight into how the officer may testify later, and provides sworn testimony that may reveal facts not present in the police report.

The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings is the adminstrative office that handles ALR hearings. The hearing is to determine whether there's enough evidence for a Judge to suspend your license. The judge will use the officer's report (admissible since this is not a DWI criminal hearing -- just adminstrative. We routinely subpoena the officer to actually show up in court and give sworn testimony about facts of your case and any evidence in your favor.

Because such a low amount of evidence is needed at this hearing, most ALR hearings will result in a license suspension -- but not always. Even if the Judge does suspend your license, the Keates Law Firm can obtain an Occupational License for you (fees included in representation, except filing and DPS fees). That way, you can continue to drive legally.

Types of Suspensions from ALR Hearings

DWI Failure Cases per Trans. Code 524.022 (a) (1-2): Failure means the chemical (breath or blood) test resulted in a alcohol content of .08% or above. This results in a 90 day suspension, if it's a 1st time DWI or if any prior DWIs are more than 10 years in the past. If there are DWI priors within 10 years, the suspension is 1 year. Source.

DWI Refusal Cases per Trans. Code 724.035 (a-b): Refusal means the chemical (breath or blood) test was refused by the driver. This results in a 180 day suspension, if it's a 1st time DWI or if any prior DWIs are more than 10 years in the past. If there are DWI priors within 10 years, the suspension is 2 years. Source.

DWI License Suspensions Rights

Upon arrest for DWI, the officer should confiscate your Texas license, and give you a few forms concerning your temporary 40 day license. At this point, you can still legally drive on that temporary license, but you'll have 15 days from the date of arrest to request an Administrative Law Hearing (ALR Hearing), which will determine whether your license will be suspended -- and for how long. If you miss the 15 day deadline, it is almost impossible to later request a hearing, and your license will be suspended on the 40th day from arrest.

We include representation at the ALR Hearing in our DWL Legal Fees! We do not charge you extra for the ALR Hearing

Request an ALR hearing NOW, even if you need more time to hire an attorney! (Link below goes to DPS Website)

Request ALR Hearing



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DWI License Suspensions

The following chart identifies potential DWI License Suspensions for DWI Offenses in Texas.

Offense Failure Penalty Trans. Code 524.022 Refusal Penalty Trans. Code 724.035
DWI 1 90 days 180 days
2nd DWI w/i 10 years 1 years 2 years

Note: A driver who suffers an ALR suspension, mut pay the $125 Reinstatement fee before being issued an Occupational License or Reinstating their regular license.




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