When An ALR Hearing Happens And How You Can Prepare
After a driving while intoxicated arrest, you likely have a lot on your mind, including worries about your reputation and what legal consequences you will face. The weeks following an arrest are essential. Your administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing needs to be requested within this timeframe and you will need to prepare.
To learn about what legal options you have and how to protect your freedom following a Texas drunk driving arrest, connect with a Houston DWI lawyer. Doing so may be the difference between maintaining your driving privileges or having your driver’s license suspended.
Requesting an ALR Hearing and Reasonable Doubt
A type of civil proceeding, two things could happen at your ALR hearing. The department of public safety could prove you were driving with alcohol in your system that was above the legal limit so your license will be suspended. Or you and your lawyer will prove there is a reasonable doubt surrounding the circumstances of your arrest and you will maintain your driving privileges.
You need to request a hearing within 15 days of the arrest. If not, your driver’s license could be automatically suspended. Confirmation of your hearing request will be confirmed via mail, in most instances. Then, you may be given an option between an in-person or phone hearing.
Doubt surrounding your arrest could arise in a few different ways, depending on the details of your situation. They could include one or more of the following.
- Your legal rights were violated during the arrest
- There was no reason to pull you over or probable cause for an arrest
- The situation did not meet the requirements of a DWI charge.
To determine if reasonable doubt is a possibility, talk to a seasoned Texas DWI lawyer.
For example, if you do not believe an arresting law officer had a cause to arrest you, pursuing a subpoena for the officer could lead to you being successful in keeping your license. This can be an important step because if you do not have your lawyer subpoena the officer, the public safety attorney could submit a written offer’s statement with no opportunity for your attorney to question their words. Plus, if an arresting officer is subpoenaed and does not appear for the hearing, for whatever reason, it could dismiss the effort to suspend your license.
Talk Over Your ALR Hearing Options with a Texas Attorney
If you are worried about the possibility of your driver’s license being suspended, talk about your concerns with a Houston DWI lawyer as soon as possible. Waiting too long could lead to a reduction in options. There may be a path to having the charges against you dismissed if you act quickly. A skilled and seasoned attorney has experience in cases just like yours.
Were you recently arrested and want to pursue an ALR hearing to protect your driving privileges? A Texas criminal attorney can help. Our experienced legal team can defend you against drunk driving charges. Reach out to the legal team at Ayson Law Firm to discuss your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Houston criminal defense attorney.