ALR Hearings

Killeen Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Defense Attorneys

Help when your license is suspended after a DWI in Harker Heights, Waco, Copperas Cove and throughout Texas

An arrest for drunk driving will result in an immediate license suspension. We don’t have to tell you how much losing your driver’s license can negatively affect your life – disrupting how you get to work, school or even to check in with your probation officer. You have the right to challenge that suspension, called an Administrative License Revocation (ALR). But you have to act fast.

Requesting an administrative hearing can stop the suspension of your license and gives you time to find a Killeen criminal defense attorney who can stand up for you and defend your driving privileges, and later defend you in court. The DWI attorneys at the Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm can advocate for you after a drunk driving arrest, working for the best possible outcome for your hearing and your case.

Administrative license revocation in Texas

If you’re arrested for DWI, or pulled over and refuse to submit to a blood or breath test, the arresting officer is required to give you written notice that your driver’s license will be suspended. Once you receive that written notice, you have 15 days to request your ALR hearing. This request must be in sent to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). You can also file a request online.

If you submit your request within 15 days, DPS will send you a letter with a date, time and location of the hearing. This can be up to 120 days from day your license was suspended. Failure to submit a request will forfeit your right to a hearing, and your license will be suspended.

Contact our attorneys as soon as possible after your arrest, and we can get this request in immediately.

What happens at an ALR hearing?

Once you’ve formally requested an ALR hearing, the court can’t suspend your driver’s license. During the hearing, the DPS must provide evidence supporting their charges, including proving there was reasonable suspicion that you were intoxicated when you were arrested. The arresting officer is also required to present documentation showing that you either failed or refused breath/blood tests.

If, at the traffic stop, you refused to take a breath or blood test, the DPS must prove:

  • The police officer had reasonable suspicion to make the stop
  • The police officer had probable cause to believe you were driving while intoxicated
  • The police officer lawfully placed you under arrest and requested a chemical test
  • You refused that chemical test

If, at the traffic stop, you failed a breath or blood test, the DPS must prove:

  • The police officer had reasonable suspicion to make the stop
  • The police officer lawfully placed you under arrest and requested a chemical test
  • Your BAC was at or over the legal limit

The judge will consider the police officer’s account and your account and decide whether or not to suspend your license. Our attorneys launch a strong defense on your behalf, and use it to continue building an even stronger defense for your DWI case.

Can I appeal an ALR decision?

Yes, and we can help. If the ALR hearing doesn’t go in your favor, you have the right to appeal. You have 30 days from the date of the court’s decision to file an appeal, otherwise your right is waived. You can find out more about appealing an ALR decision from the Texas DPS.

How long can my Texas driver’s license be suspended?

If the DPS suspends your license, you may face the following penalties:

  • 90 days if you failed a breath or blood test (first offense)
  • 180 days if you refused to take a breath or blood test (first offense)
  • One year if you failed a breath or blood test (one or more offenses within the past 10 years)
  • Two years if your refused a breath or blood test (one or more offenses within the past 10 years)

Do I have options if I lose an ALR hearing?

Some people may be eligible for an occupational driver’s license (ODL) if their license is suspended or revoked. This is a restricted license authorized by a judge, allowing you to operate a non-commercial vehicle under certain conditions, including:

  • To and from school
  • To and from work
  • To perform essential household duties

You will be required to install an interlock device to operate your car while using your ODL but you will be allowed to drive without any other restriction 24/7.  We can help you apply for an ODL if your regular driver’s license is suspended.

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The benefits of a Killeen ALR attorney

Although Texas law doesn’t require you to have a lawyer for your ALR hearing, it’s advantageous to have one on your side. Our attorneys help you prepare for the hearing, arguing your side and working to avoid having your license suspended for your DWI arrest. We’ve helped clients through dozens and dozens of ALR hearings and know how they operate and proceed.

We help you prep. We get your hearing scheduled within the short 15-day window allowed. Missing this deadline will result in automatic suspension of your license.

We fight for you. Our attorneys know what questions to ask the arresting officer and how to question evidence. We plan a customized defense on your behalf. In the event the judge upholds a suspension, we work to secure you an occupational driver’s license to retain the right to drive.

We defend your criminal charges. At your ALR hearing, we have the opportunity to hear the strength of the evidence law enforcement has against you in their criminal case. This gives our attorneys a great deal of information to use as we design a strategic defense for you.

Knowledgeable ALR and license suspension attorneys in Killeen

If you’re arrested for DWI or other alcohol-related charges, you need smart, tough defense right away. You only have 15 days from your arrest to apply for a hearing to regain your driver’s license. The defense attorneys at the Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm have decades of experience representing clients at ALR hearings across the state. Let us help. Contact us today at 254-680-4655 or by filling out our contact form. We have offices in Killeen, Copperas Cove, and Waco, and handle in-custody visits for clients who cannot come to us.