Administrative License Revocation Hearing
Schedule a Hearing Within 15 Days
If you have been charged with
driving while intoxicated, you have the chance to fight against your driver's license suspension
in an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing. You are not guaranteed
to have this hearing, however. As soon as you receive notice that your
driver's license has been suspended, it's up to you to schedule
a hearing, within 15 days of this notice.
- If you don't schedule an ALR hearing, you could automatically face:
- At least 90 days' driver's license suspension for DWI test failure
- At least 180 days' driver's license suspension for DWI test refusal
Losing your driver's license is more than a matter of inconvenience.
It could cause consequences as serious as derailing your career. You can't
take an ALR hearing for granted and it can be considered to be one of
the first lines of defense you have during the process of a DWI trial. At
our firm, you can find the skilled legal advocacy you need to fight for your rights
in both civil and criminal proceedings.
Why Choose The Law Office of Guillermo Lara Jr.?
Attorney Lara has a strong scientific background, advanced forensic technology,
and his own Intoxilyzer 5000. He has the technical proficiency necessary
to fight for you, both in a civil hearing and in criminal case proceedings.
Learn more when you
schedule a free consultation today!
How to Prepare for an ALR Hearing
At an ALR hearing, you may be able to save your driver's license by
proving that suspension is not justified in your case. You could do this
by establishing that the officer lacked a valid reason to stop you, or
that law enforcement lacked a reason to suspect intoxication. If you have
been accused of refusing a DWI test, you may be able to prove that you
were never asked to take one, or that you in fact never refused. If you
were told that you failed a test, you may be able to show that there was
a serious error in the test. Whatever line of defense is available to
you, it will take compelling evidence to convince the Administrative Law
Judge (ALJ) of your argument.
- During an ALR hearing, it must be shown that:
- Police had probable cause to stop your vehicle;
- You were in control of your vehicle and intoxicated when you were stopped;
- Police asked you to submit to a breath or blood test following arrest; and
- You refused a BAC test or registered over the legal limit of .08%.
The ALJ is a seasoned lawyer who will decide whether to suspend your driver's
license or not. Your opponent in this hearing will be the Texas Department
of Public Safety. If you handle the ALR hearing on your own, you will
be wading into highly technical issues while you face an experienced opponent.
This is why it is vital to know that
you have the right to legal counsel in the ALR hearing. When you assert this right, you can obtain an experienced defender on
your side from the very beginning of your case.
You Have the Right to Legal Defense in an ALR Hearing
One of the important things that an ALR hearing can do for your defense
is to provide a
criminal defense attorney the opportunity to learn about the evidence the prosecution will
have against you and develop a solid defense on your behalf. In addition,
having a lawyer present can help ensure that your license is not prematurely
taken by the Department of Motor Vehicles before you have even been convicted
by the court.
When you work with our San Antonio DWI attorney, you can boost your chances
of reinstating your license, as well as get time on your side to defeat
your DWI charge. Don't hesitate to
contact The Law Office of Guillermo Lara Jr. today to learn more about how you can fight for your rights!