Texas Tech Civil Case
Texas Criminal Lawyer Stephen Hamilton explains how you should handle a Civil Case as a Texas Tech student.
On top of the Student Code of Conduct Process and the criminal case, DWI and DUIM defendants also have to deal with a civil case. That’s a lot of time spent in hearings and juggling court dates alongside the demands of your university schedule.
The civil case deals with the Department of Public Safety, which will try to suspend your license if you fail to request an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing within 15 days following your DWI or DUIM arrest. You ALWAYS want to request this hearing, as it can buy you time to keep driving before your license is suspended. The goal is to save your license, but if we can’t, we can try to obtain an occupational or essential need license so you can keep driving to and from school and work.
Texas Tech takes a decidedly dim view of DWI/DUIM charges, considering them—and you—a threat to the well being of the college community, no matter what the circumstances. A campus complaint can be filed against you even if your charges had nothing to do with Texas Tech.
However, just because you’ve been charged with DWI or DUIM doesn’t mean you’re guilty of the crime. Drinking and driving when you’re 21 or over is not illegal. What is illegal is how much you drink, yielding a blood or breath alcohol content of at least 0.08.
If you are of legal drinking age, you may feel you were not intoxicated at the time of the traffic stop. Perhaps what the officer perceived as intoxication is actually the result of sleep deprivation—maybe you pulled one or more all-nighters, studying. You could be on legally prescribed medication that adversely affected you. The traffic stop itself may have been illegal.
This is not the time to punt. Don’t wait until the school administration emails you to address the situation. Talk to your lawyer immediately about how this charge might affect your future at Texas Tech.
If you have been charged in a Civil Case as a Texas Tech University student, call me today at (806)794-0394