Keeping Your License - ALR Hearings
If you have been arrested for DWI, you have fifteen (15) days to request what is called an Administrative License Revocation hearing. Failure to request this hearing will result in your driving privileges being suspended on the forty-first (41) day after your arrest. You or your Attorney should request the ALR Hearing as soon as possible after you are arrested.
The ALR process is an entirely separate process than the criminal proceeding you may face. If you, or your attorney, request an ALR hearing within the fifteen days immediately following your arrest, your privileges to drive will be preserved until the resolution of the ALR hearing. For most people driving is a necessity. If your license is important to you, the best thing you can do is hire us to request and represent you on your ALR hearing. Those who have had to deal with DPS know that once your license has been suspended the road to having a clear license can become complicated and having to deal with a bureaucracy like DPS is difficult.
Aside from the obvious benefit of possibly avoiding a license suspension, ALR hearings can be beneficial in other ways. A transcript of the Officer’s testimony may prove to be a valuable tool later in your DWI case. The arresting officer will be called upon to testify later in your DWI case and this earlier testimony may be very different than what he/she tries to testify to at your DWI trial. Even if you lose your ALR hearing, you may be eligible to apply for an occupational license.
Many people who are arrested for DWI have never been previously arrested. They are often scared and worried about the future. ALR hearings are just another complication during a difficult time. Let us help you navigate this difficult and complex area of the law for you.