Do I need a lawyer to help me in a DWI prosecution and an ALR proceeding?
Absolutely! You should have legal representation in your Administrative License Revocation or ALR hearing. According to the State of Texas, the ALR Program is
“a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings, in which individuals arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or boating while intoxicated (BWI) who refuse to take or who fail a blood or breath test attempt to save their driver’s license.”
The best reason to request an ALR hearing is to try to save your driver’s license. In this hearing, you will force DPS to attempt to prove that the police officer who stopped and arrested you did so with either reasonable suspicion or probable cause. DPS will also argue that you refused to take a requested breath and or blood test, and when you took one of the tests, you had a BAC result of .08 or more.
In order to suspend your license, DPS must provide certain evidence, depending on the facts of your case. If they can’t do that, you win by default.
The ALR Hearing
In an ALR hearing, not just an ordinary lawyer will do. You need a lawyer who is skilled in representing persons charged with DWI. There are many lawyers who take DWI cases; however, there are only a few lawyers who actually try motion hearings and litigate jury trials and ALR hearings. The task of finding a good DWI lawyer should be taken very seriously because if you make the wrong choice, that decision will adversely affect your life, your reputation, and your future.
Everyone needs ALR hearing help from a skilled lawyer
No matter how smart you may think you are, you simply cannot defend yourself against a DWI charge as well as a skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced DWI / ALR trial lawyer. Read “Why it is critically important to your DWI defense to chose a lawyer who really understands police breath and blood testing.”