Fail the ALR hearing? What it means to your driver license
The Purpose of the ALR Hearing
Administrative License Revocation hearing or ALR is a separate case that arises out of a DWI prosecution. Most people arrested for DWIs are surprised to learn that they have not one, but two cases after their arrest: one, a criminal case against you (DWI), and the second (ALR) is a hearing against your license. When you fail the ALR hearing, there could be dire consequences for your driver license.
The hearing is based upon failing the breath or blood test or refusing to take them when asked, but it gives you the opportunity to contest the seizure or suspension of your license. If you take advantage of the ALR hearing, quite often you won’t lose your license. Keep in mind, you have only 15 days to request your hearing with the state after you have been arrested, otherwise your license will go into automatic suspension.
What the ALR Hearing Does
By requesting an ALR hearing, you force the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to prove its case against you. The DPS must prove that the police officer who stopped and arrested you did so with either reasonable suspicion or probable cause. If they cannot prove either, you win by default.
Fail the ALR Hearing? When it doesn’t go in your favor.
You can receive a 180 day suspension if you decline to take a test upon proper request, or, if you fail a breath or blood test, you can receive a 90-day suspension of your driving privileges. A Houston attorney who is a DWI specialist can help you navigate through this complex, often times confusing process.
Read “Do I need a lawyer to help me in a DWI prosecution and an ALR proceeding?” DWI Question that talks about the importance of hiring the right attorney for this process. If you fail the ALR hearing, it doesn’t mean all is lost. Your attorney can discuss options with you.
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Past Results from actual DWI clients
Television reporter with spouse was in a one-car accident after hitting a tree. .20 BAC — Case Dismissed
President of brokerage firm was arrested driving home after a meeting with colleagues. Registered a .19 blood test. - Not Guilty.
Business owner was arrested for DWI while driving home after company birthday party. - Not Guilty.
College student was arrested for DWI on beach over spring break. Failed blood test. - Not Guilty.