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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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