Saving Your Texas Driver's License
Our Dallas DWI Attorneys Protect Your Ability to Drive
If you have been arrested for DWI, you may be facing a loss of your driving privileges. Losing your driver’s license can be a huge inconvenience to your busy life, making it difficult for you to complete daily tasks like driving to work, getting to school or appointments, or running errands. But just because you have been accused of DWI does not mean that you automatically lose your license – there are actions you can take to protect your ability to drive.
You have two opportunities to save your license after you have been charged with drunk driving:
- At the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing held by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- In criminal court when your drunk driving case is being heard by a judge
In many ways, the ALR hearing is preparation for fighting the criminal case. Your defense attorney can subpoena the arresting officers, requiring them to attend the ALR hearing. If they attend, your lawyer has an opportunity to cross-examine the officer. This allows us to see whether there was a good reason (reasonable suspicion) for the traffic stop or probable cause for your arrest. If we find that you were unreasonably stopped or wrongfully arrested, we can use that testimony and other evidence from the ALR hearing as defense material for your later criminal case. Sometimes the case will be dismissed outright if the evidence against you is insufficient for conviction.
If you've been arrested for drunk driving—whether this is your first DWI or you have had several DWI convictions in the past—get an experienced defense attorney on your case at the earliest stage. You have only 15 days to schedule an ALR hearing, so it is urgent that you take immediate action to challenge a license suspension.
Call Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP at (214) 301-5007 for a free consultation—let us see what we can do for you.
Representing You Through Every Step of the Process
When you contact the Dallas DWI lawyers at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, we can schedule an ALR hearing for you. We help clients at every stage of their case. We have helped countless people save their drivers' licenses. We can help you. There are several reasons why it's important to hire an experienced DWI attorney to save your drivers' license and/or to help you get a temporary work permit license if your license is suspended.
We will prepare and present the strongest case possible for letting you continue to drive. As attorneys experienced in handling license revocation matters, we know what questions to ask and what strategies are most likely to succeed in challenging a license suspension (including what kind of evidence and circumstances the officer is likely to accept).
What if I Failed or Refused a Breath Test?
If you failed a breathalyzer or blood test, your lawyer can still challenge the accuracy of the test and the stringency of the testing methods.
At the ALR hearing, the hearing officer will listen to evidence regarding the cause for stopping you. Your attorney can ask to have evidence suppressed if the stop or seizure you were subjected to was illegal.
If you refused your BAC or breathalyzer test at the scene, your attorney will raise questions about whether you were fully informed about the consequences of refusal and your rights under the law. Because they are administrative, not judicial in nature, you do not have the protection against self-incrimination at an ALR hearing. A slip of the tongue or a misinterpreted answer can have lasting effects for you. Having a Dallas DWI attorney to speak on your behalf with precision and experience is an invaluable resource.
Contact our Dallas law office to learn more about saving your driver's license from being suspended or revoked and what to do if you have been charged with DWI. Schedule your free consultation today.