ALR Hearings Charged With DWI? Protect Your License Before Time Runs Out

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.

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  • 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.
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      Our client was charged with Driving While Intoxicated – 2nd Offense with a BAC of .209. The police pulled our client over for allegedly crossing over lane lines and causing another car to swerve out of the way. We challenged the legality of the police’s warrantless stop of our client with a Motion to Suppress Evidence and had a contested hearing wherein the Officer testified.

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      Our client was accused of robbing another person at gunpoint for some sneakers along with a co-defendant and getaway driver. We investigated the evidence and discovered that it was the co-defendant who arranged for the purchase of the sneakers, and that surveillance video disproved the State’s theory that a gun was brandished or that our client knew what was going on.

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      Our client explained to us that they hadn’t lived in the Country for that long and his wife had called police as a way to resolve a non-physical dispute they had. Police arrived and immediately noticed bruising that they tried to pin on Our Client as well as other marks.

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      Our client, a retired Marine, was out with some friends one night when he got into a fight at a gas station. He allegedly pulled out a knife and left the scene. Moments later, law enforcement pulled him over. He was charged with misdemeanor DWI, felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and two counts of felony Terroristic Threat.

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      Our client was a Texas State student who had a bright career ahead of him. He was accused of sexual assault by a classmate and an overzealous law enforcement officer proceeded to arrest him without a thorough investigation. Our team was able to fight for our client by putting together a defense that showed that the actions between the two were consensual and that his accuser had ulterior motives. The District Attorney's Office agreed and dismissed the case.

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