CAN YOUR LICENSE BE SUSPENDED FOR A DWI
Many people ask if your driver's license will be suspended as part of a DWI case. There are two different types of driver's license suspensions that can happen as a result of a DWI case, and it is important to talk to a lawyer about both of them. One is called an ALR suspension, and the other is a suspension that occurs because of a conviction for DWI.
For all DWI and DUI cases, a hearing on whether your arrest was constitutional can be requested, but only within 15 days after your arrest. Because of that strict time period, it is important to get in touch with a lawyer quickly. The hearing that is requested through this process is called an ALR, standing for Administrative License Revocation hearing. If you or your attorney doesn't request this hearing within 15 days, your driver's license will be automatically suspended 40 days after your arrest. Unfortunately, if the hearing isn't requested within that 15 day period, there is nothing we can do to avoid the suspension.
After requesting an ALR, an attorney can request discovery about your case and require an officer to appear and testify on the record before your trial. This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled lawyer to begin your DWI defense, by preserving the officer’s testimony for trial. This ALR hearing is separate from your criminal case, but is about the same subject matter.
If you or your lawyer do not request this hearing within 15 days, your license will be automatically suspended on the 41st day after your arrest. If you would like to talk to an experienced DUI lawyer near San Antonio, TX, call us today.