Fort Bend County ALR Hearing Attorney
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People who are arrested of driving while intoxicated may not realize that they are not only facing criminal charges, but an administrative license revocation, or ALR, as well. An ALR occurs when a driver either refuses to take or fails a blood or breath test. Due to the implied consent law in Texas, any person who does not take a blood or breath test if arrested for a DWI is subject to an ALR. The ALR program was first created by the Texas Legislature in 1993, and became effective on January 1, 1995. The purpose of the program is to allow a fair and efficient administrative hearing process to determine whether the person should or should not have their license suspended due to driving or boating while intoxicated. If you have been arrested for driving or boating while intoxicated, it is imperative that you hire an experienced Fort Bend County criminal attorney from Rosen & Kovach, PLLC.
Information About ALRs and ALR Hearings
Individuals who refuse or fail a blood or breath test following a DWI or BWI arrest may have their license suspended from anywhere between 90 days and two years. Refusal or failure may also result in an automatic one-year disqualification for those with a commercial license. In certain situations, a person who has been arrested for a DWI or BWI may be eligible to request a hearing. At this hearing, the individual may contest the administrative license revocation, but the request for said hearing must be submitted within 15 days of their arrest. If the request is submitted prior to the deadline, the Department of Public Safety will send a letter to the person with a date, time, and location of the hearing. The State office of Administrative Hearings conduct the hearing, and the person who requested the trial must provide facts to the hearing officer, who is required to determine if the reasons for the license suspension are valid.
Fight for Your Driving Rights
The Department of Public Safety will be represented by a DPS attorney at the hearing, and the individual may either represent him or herself, or hire an attorney. The court will not appoint an attorney for the person, and if the individual wishes to hire a lawyer, they must do so before the hearing date. If you wish to drive prior to your DWI hearing, it may be beneficial for you to hire our firm. We can help you submit documents to fight your license suspension, as well as help you prepare for your hearing. We have 40 years of criminal defense experience, and may be able to assist you protect your driving rights.
Contact our firm after an arrest to see if I can help you during your ALR hearing.
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John Kovach represented me in two cases in which both were dismissed and jail time was avoided.- Katelyn