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Grant M. Scheiner - Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer

DWI cases and License Suspensions – Another Reason Why Experienced Counsel Matters

If you are arrested for DWI, the clock on a possible suspension of your license starts ticking immediately. In most cases, the Department of Public Safety will attempt to suspend your license for 90 days or 180 days, depending on whether or not you agreed to take a breath or blood test. You only have 15 days from the time the DIC 25 is served to request an Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR). A request for an ALR hearing may be made by telephone, in writing by mail or by fax.

An experienced DWI attorney will be familiar with the ALR procedure and understand that the importance of an ALR hearing goes beyond the possible suspension of your driver’s license. At an ALR hearing, for example, you are entitled to written documents the Department of Public Safety will rely on to prove its case, and are given an opportunity to question some of the State’s witnesses. This can often serve as a valuable preview of the evidence the State will use in its criminal case.

If you are arrested for DWI, it is important to act quickly and request an ALR hearing before the 15 day deadline. But to maximize your chances of avoiding a license suspension and a conviction for DWI, it is important to hire an experienced DWI lawyer to defend both your ALR case and your criminal case.