ALR & License Suspension

Sugar Land DWI Defense Attorneys – 713.234.6065

After being arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, the state’s Administration License Revocation (ALR) program may suspend your driver’s license automatically. Even though this is an administrative procedure separate from any criminal charges or proceedings, a Sugar Land criminal defense attorney from Khawaja Law Firm can still help you protect your driving privilege. Call 713.234.6065 to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more.

The Usual ALR Process in Texas

There are generally three ways the ALR process will begin in Texas: you refuse to take a mandatory blood or breath test after being arrested for suspicion of a DWI; you fail a series of field sobriety tests during your arrest; or you register a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or more during a blood or breath test.

The ALR process after it begins will include:

  • You are notified that your license will be suspended due to one of the aforementioned reasons.
  • You have 15 days after receipt of the notice to ask for an ALR hearing.
  • If no hearing is scheduled, or if you schedule a hearing but cannot win your argument, then your driver’s license will be revoked no later than the 40th day after your arrest.
  • If your license is revoked, you must eventually pay a $125 reinstatement fee to regain it.

When you request an ALR hearing, the DMV will notify you of your scheduled hearing date. Do not be surprised if it is scheduled several months from now. The problem is you will still lose your driver’s license no more than 40 days after your arrest. If this occurs, you will need to request a temporary driving permit to allow you to drive to necessary locations, like to and from work.

Use Our Legal Knowledge for Your ALR Hearing

In your ALR hearing, you need to argue why your license should not be suspended. Effective arguments challenge your DWI arrest itself. This is where our Sugar Land DWI defense lawyers shine. We can use much of the same tactics and strategies we would use while defending you in criminal court to argue your side in your ALR hearing.


To find out more, contact us by dialing 713.234.6065 now.


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