Administrative License Revocation Hearings in Texas
Legal Assistance From a San Antonio DWI Lawyer
After being pulled over for suspected DWI in Texas, if you refuse to take a blood or breath test, you face a license suspension of up to two years. This suspension falls under the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program, which is a civil process as opposed to the criminal court process. The Texas ALR Program was established to handle individuals arrested for DWI or BWI (boating while intoxicated) who would not take or who failed these tests.
It is important to understand that you only have a 15-day window to request an ALR hearing after the date of your arrest. That is why it is vital that you consult with one of our San Antonio DWI attorneys as soon as possible. At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we stand ready to aggressively fight for you against DWI charges. Our legal team has an abundance of skill and knowledge that will help you get through the ALR hearing.
For legal assistance representation at an ALR hearing, contact our firm at (210) 960-9557 immediately following a DWI arrest.
Why You Need an ALR Hearing
Essentially, you need to request an ALR hearing as soon as possible after a DWI arrest to have an opportunity to challenge an automatic license suspension. By doing so, you will be compelling the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to prove that it has a real DWI case against you that should move forward in the courts. The DPS will have to show that sufficient probable cause or suspicion existed to cause law enforcement to stop you and make your arrest. If the Department cannot present a strong case against you, you may win by default and save your license.
Winning at an ALR hearing is not simple. You will need the legal skills and resources of a capable and experienced law firm. For this reason, it is best to retain the services of a DWI lawyer with a proven track record of success.
If you refused to submit to blood or breath testing, DPS will be obligated to prove:
- That law enforcement in the case had reasonable suspicion or probable cause to pull you over to make an arrest
- That probable cause existed that caused the police officer to believe you were intoxicated while operating a vehicle in a public area
- That the officer made a valid request asking you to submit to chemical testing
- You refused to take the breath or blood test requested by the arresting officer
If you failed a blood or breath test, DPS will be obligated to prove that:
- Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measured .08 or higher when you were operating your vehicle
- The arresting officer had sufficient suspicion or probable cause to stop you
Talk With Our San Antonio DWI Attorneys
Smith & Vinson Law Firm is here to fully assist you throughout the ALR process. Our goal is to ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected. Our experienced attorneys have earned an outstanding reputation for effective results in handling DWI cases throughout Texas. We can devise a customized legal strategy based on the particulars of your case that is designed to optimize results. We urge you to take advantage of our skills by calling us today.
Contact us for Administrative License Revocation assistance in San Antonio and the surrounding areas at (210) 960-9557.
Throughout the whole process, I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened.- Ronald D.
Dismissed Terroristic Threat
Our client was reportedly heard making terroristic threats by some members of his seventh-grade class. Police charged him with a felony. Our client was a boy scout who was well-liked by teachers but had developed ADHD and was being bullied. The State offered our client 1 year of deferred probation.
Felony Rejected Pre-Indictment Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Interference with a 911 Call
Our client’s girlfriend’s car was being repossessed. Our client had belongings in the car, including his work equipment and his firearm. Our client attempted to get his belongings out of the car before it was being towed away. The tow driver accused our client of threatening him with the gun our client was retrieving while he was on 911 with the police.
Rejected Pre-Indictment Aggravated Assault Strangulation/Impeding Airway Investigation
Our client was accused of restricting his wife’s airway with a plastic bag. His wife, who had been a chronically unfaithful and emotionally abusive alcoholic, provided a video to the State to try and get our client charged with a felony.
Case Dismissed/Charges Reduced DWI With Child Passenger - Felony
Our client was accused of being intoxicated while having her 8 year old in the vehicle with her, a third degree felony in Texas. To make matters worse the investigation had been initiated after our client had crashed into two parked cars and the first thing officers noticed were the two previous DWI’s our client had.
Cases Rejected Pre-Indictment Three Counts of Aggravated Assault of a Deadly Weapon
Our client was sitting on his balcony when he saw his neighbors in the parking lot mistreating an animal. He told them to stop, and the threatened him. He went inside to retrieve his firearm, but he never threatened the neighbors back.