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When you're pulled over on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI), your first instinct may be to comply with every aspect of the stop. However, this may be detrimental to not only your case, but to your future as well. As a driver you have the right to refuse to take a breath or blood test offered before your arrest. If the officer attempts to convince you by telling you your driver's license may be automatically and immediately suspended, do not hesitate. You may still drive despite the suspension.
One of the strongest tools police have in a DWI arrest is assuming that you do not know the law and threatening a license suspension. With so many defenses to DWI accusations, you should always fight back! Our DWI attorney has proven his dedication to fighting for the accused in San Antonio, and can help you during this time.
Can Police Suspend My License After a DWI Arrest?
If you have been formally arrested for DWI, the law enforcement officer is required to confiscate your Texas driver's license during the arrest. They may issue you a temporary driving permit, which expires on the 41st day after the date of issuance. From the date of your arrest, you have 15 days to request a hearing to contest your suspended driver's license.
- The suspension provisions for adult drivers who refuse to take a breath or blood test include:
- First refusal = 180 day driver's license suspension
- Second refusal = 2 year driver's license suspension
- Third refusal = 2 year driver's license suspension
At the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing, the burden of proof is on the Department of Public Safety. They must prove either there was reasonable suspicion to stop, probable cause to arrest the driver, or the driver failed a breath or blood test by registering an alcohol concentration above the legal limits. If you refused to take the breath or blood test at the scene of the arrest, then it may be harder to prove that you were intoxicated at the time of your arrest. Attorney Guillermo Lara has experience handling ALR hearings, and can fight the officer’s accusations and prevent your license suspension.
Fight Back With Attorney Lara!
Fighting the suspension of your driver's license may be easier when you have a skilled criminal defense lawyer by your side. Attorney Lara can provide you with the legal support you need. Losing your driving privileges can put a damper on your life, which is why the firm does everything they can to help protect your rights.
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