14 day Driver’s License Hearing Requirement
In Texas, if you are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated your driver license may be suspended, even if you are later found not guilty or the charges are dismissed!
The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings.
If you are arrested for DWI and refuse and/or fail the breath or blood test you will be served a notice that your driver license will be suspended. You have 14 days from the date the suspension notice is served to request a DWI driver’s license hearing. If you do not request this DWI driver’s license hearing, the suspension goes into effect on the 40th day after the notice is served. This date is usually 40 days after the arrest!
It is imperative that you submit a request for a DWI driver’s license hearing within the required 14 days! If the 14 day deadline is not met, the request for a hearing will be denied!
At the hearing, which may take up to 120 days to be scheduled, the Department of Public Safety will provide the arrest report to the judge. If the arresting officer is not subpoenaed by the accused driver, the police report will be admitted as evidence without any testimony. It is the responsibility of the accused driver to provide facts to the hearing officer to fight the license suspension. The judge will then determine if the reasons for the suspension are valid. As an Austin DWI attorney, Stephen T Bowling, P.C., conducts the ALR hearing for all clients. We personally request discovery and reviews all videos, looking for weak points in the case, to protect your driving privileges.