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ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION (ALR)

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WHAT IS A ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION (ALR)


Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process requiring the department to suspend and/or disqualify your driver license if you are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) when you:


1) to take or fail to complete a blood or breath test, or



2) Provide a blood or breath test that registers a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more while driving a non-commercial motor vehicle, or



3) Provide a blood or breath test that registers a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.04% or more while driving a commercial motor vehicle.


These of your driving privilege under the ALR program is unrelated to the criminal court proceedings for DWI or BWI. 

Additional Information Can Be Found In Texas Transportation Code Chapters 524 And 724.

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ALR Process For DWI Or BWI

If a Law enforcement officer has reason to believe you are impaired, a set of field sobriety tests will be administered. 

If you fail the field sobriety tests you will be arrested for DWI or BWI.

You will be asked to take a breath or blood test to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level. 

If you refuse to take or fail the field sobriety tests, your driver license will be suspended and/or disqualified.



If you consent to a law enforcement officer’s request to a blood test, you will keep your driver license until the BAC results are received by the Department. 

If the results indicate you provided a specimen above the legal limit, your driver license will be suspended and/or disqualified.



A $125 reinstatement fee is required prior to the renewal or issuance of your driver license, in addition to paying any other outstanding fees owed.


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What is an administrative license revocation (ALR) Hearing, and why is it important?

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What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important

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The best reason to request an administrative license revocation hearing or ALR hearing, first and foremost, is to try to save your driver’s license. 

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.”

By requesting an ALR hearing, you force the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to prove its case against you. 

DPS must prove the police officer who stopped and arrested you did so with either reasonable suspicion or probable cause. 

Otherwise, you win by default.

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How DPS will argue to revoke your license at your ALR hearing

In the ALR hearing, DPS will argue one of two possible theories of prosecution: 

The first is that you refused to take a requested breath and or blood test, and 

The second is that you took such a test and 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.

What DPS must prove at your Administrative License Revocation Hearing

A) If you refused to submit to breath/blood testing, DPS must prove all of the following at an ALR hearing:

1. Reasonable suspicion or probable cause existed to stop or arrest you.

2. Probable cause existed to believe you operated a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated.

3. You were placed under arrest and were properly requested to submit to breath/blood testing.

4. You refused the test upon proper request by the officer.

B) If you failed the breath or blood test, the issues are slightly different. DPS must prove both of the following at an ALR hearing:

1.You had an alcohol concentration of .08 or more while operating a motor vehicle in a public place and at the time of testing.

2. There was probable cause to arrest or reasonable suspicion to stop you.

DPS’s proof is generally submitted in the form of the arresting officer’s written affidavit. 

DWI defense lawyers can issue subpoenas and compel the officer to testify at the ALR hearing. 

If the officer fails to come, you win your case by default. 

If the officer comes, there is an opportunity to bring out evidence of innocence which was not written in the original police report. 

In most cases, a good DWI lawyer will require the officer to attend the hearing.

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Your Free Consultation Is Just One Form Away!

Form Submissions have a fast response time. Our attorneys are always on-call 24/7. The use of this form does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

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