Driver's License Suspensions in Kerrville
The Administrative License Revocation Hearing
The Administrative License Revocation Hearing (ALR) is a civil, administrative process which makes the determination on whether your license will be suspended or not, following an arrest for driving under the influence (DWI). When a police officer believes there is suspicion of drunk driving, if they can determine there is probable cause to pull you over, they will do so. The officer can then conduct
field sobriety tests to see if you are driving while impaired and can arrest you based on the results. Following your arrest, at the station you will likely take a chemical test to measure your blood alcohol content. (BAC)
Most often, this is done with a breathalyzer test. Refusing to take this test will result in a notice of suspension, as will testing with a BAC of .08% or higher. The officer will confiscate your license at this point and provide you with a temporary driving permit that is good for only 40 days. When you are given the temporary driving permit, you have 15 days in which to schedule your ALR hearing. If you fail to set up this hearing, your license will automatically be suspended when your temporary permit expires (in 40 days). If you request the ALR hearing, the temporary license will be valid until the hearing.
Your hearing must be scheduled with the State Office of Administrative Hearing. The Law Offices of Chris S. Barnett recommends you request this hearing in person. A DWI attorney from our firm can skillfully represent you at this hearing, providing you the legal expertise you will need to fight for your right to keep your license. The arresting officer must prove that he had probable cause to stop you, enough evidence of intoxication to arrest you, and that you were indeed driving with over .08% alcohol level. As your attorney, we will make it our job to challenge any evidence brought against you by law enforcement in order to attempt to have the Judge make the decision that the State has not proven their case and will therefore not suspend your license.
Legal Representation for the ALR Hearing
Because your driving privileges are at stake, it is vital to retain an attorney as soon as possible after your DWI arrest. Allowing your DWI defense lawyer to prepare your case prior to your ALR hearing by reviewing all available information is crucial to the outcome at the hearing. The Law Offices of Chris S. Barnett provides personalized attention to all of our clients and will work hard to keep your license from being suspended. Just because you are arrested does not mean you can't fight and win against your DWI charges. Our dedicated attorney has helped numerous individuals with their DWI charges throughout Texas and particularly Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne and Llano and we can help you as well.