DWI and Driver License Suspension
If you are pulled over and the officer thinks that you are impaired, he may ask you to perform a set of field sobriety tests. If you don’t perform well on these tests or you refuse to take them, you could be arrested for DWI (driving while intoxicated) or BWI (boating while intoxicated). In addition, since you’ve refused or failed a blood or breath test after your arrest, you may have your driver license suspended. Your driver license suspension can last from 90 days to two years and result in an automatic one-year disqualification if you have a commercial driver license.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:
“Driving while license suspended (DWLS) is a misdemeanor and has a punishment range of 3 days to 180 days in jail and/or a fine from $100 to $500. A new offense is committed every time a person drives DWLS. Each of these punishments may be probated.”
THE OCCUPATIONAL DRIVER LICENSE (ODL)
If you get a driver license suspension, you may apply for an occupational driver’s license (ODL) which limits where you can drive (only certain counties). To get an ODL, you may need to show “good cause” which means you need your license for going to and from work, taking children to school, running necessary errands like going to the grocery store, or the doctor for treatment. You’ll also be required by the court to install an alcohol interlock device on your vehicle.
ALR Hearing and Getting your driver license back
According to the Texas Department of public safety, the ALR hearing or
“Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings. The ALR Program applies to individuals arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) and refuse to take or fail a blood or breath test.”