Automatic Texas Driver License Suspension
The criminal consequences of a DWI – jail time, fines and a criminal record – are only half of what you face when arrested for drunk driving in Texas. There will also be a civil proceeding, called the administrative license revocation hearing (ALR), where your license may be suspended and you will lose your ability to drive.
If you are unable to drive, you will have difficulty getting to work, school or anywhere that you need to go to care for your children or other family members. Because your ability to remain behind the wheel is at stake at an ALR hearing, you need to turn to an accomplished DWI and ALR hearing attorney who can help you fight your license suspension.
At The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we have helped hundreds of clients in Houston and throughout Texas stay on the road and keep a DWI from ruining their lives.
Our results-oriented trial strategies were developed by attorney Tad Nelson, who founded our firm after serving as an assistant district attorney. Today he uses his firsthand knowledge of how prosecutors operate and the skills he has acquired over more than two decades of legal practice to lead our team of Texas administrative license revocation lawyers. Contact us to see how our experience and dedication to criminal defense can benefit you.
License Revocation Process In Texas
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will initiate a suspension action against you if you refuse a breath, blood or chemical test when you are arrested. The DPS will also pursue this suspension if you fail any of these tests, such as blowing a .08 or greater on the breath test.
Your license will automatically be suspended if you do not request a hearing within 14 days of your arrest. As such, it is vital to reach out to an attorney and request this hearing as soon as possible.
If you submit your request for a hearing within this 14-day period, you will be able to continue driving until the ALR hearing. If the judge hands down a suspension at the hearing, the terms of the suspension can be severe. For a first DWI, the suspension can be as long as 90 days for failing a test and up to one year for refusing to take a test. The suspension periods increase drastically for every subsequent DWI.
Contact Houston Attorney Tad Nelson for Help!
Our comprehensive defense representation, encompassing both your criminal case and the ALR, gives you the best chance to minimize the damage that a DWI can inflict on your life. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can start working for you and help you keep your life on track. Arrange a free initial consultation online or by calling 713-802-1631.