If you are arrested for DWI, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) may suspend your driver’s license if you refuse a breath test or blood test, or if you take a test and have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater.
When you are arrested, if you refuse to take a breath or blood test OR if you take a breath test and the result is .08 or greater, the officer will give you a notice of suspension. You then have 15 days to contact DPS by phone or fax and request an ALR (administrative license suspension) hearing. This hearing will be your chance to challenge your license suspension. If you fail to schedule your ALR hearing within 15 days, your license will be suspended 40 days after the date of your suspension notice.
If you consent to a blood test, the officer will not serve you with notice of suspension. If the Department of Public Safety receives notice that your blood test result was .08 or greater, they will mail you a notice of suspension in the mail. You will then have 10 days to request your ALR hearing.
It is ESSENTIAL that DPS have your current mailing address. If the address on your driver’s license is not current, you need to notify DPS of your address change.
Our Texas DWI lawyers are experienced in representing clients who are facing administrative license revocation. With skilled, aggressive representation during your ALR hearing, you have the best opportunity of keeping your driving privileges. Additionally, her preparation for your administrative license revocation hearing can benefit the outcome of your criminal case – as she will have already begun investigating your case and all aspects of your blood or breath testing, your arrest, the initial police stop and field sobriety testing.
License Revocation and DWI in Texas
The length of administrative license revocation that is imposed by the Department of Public Safety may vary depending upon your particular blood alcohol level, whether this is your first, second or subsequent offense, and whether you refused chemical testing.
Contact a Texas DWI attorney today to see how you can avoid administrative license revocation in conjunction with your Texas DWI charges.