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DWI Driver’s License Suspension in Texas

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Although license suspension usually occurs as a result of DWI and other criminal convictions, it is enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), not the criminal courts. This distinction is important when it comes to certain ramifications, such as Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearings and DWI penalties. The outcomes of an ALR hearing and a DWI criminal court hearings may be different and do not always influence each other.

If you are arrested for DWI in Texas and fail or refuse a blood or breath test, your driver’s license will be revoked. You only have 15 days to request an administrative license revocation (ALR) hearing. It is crucial that you act quickly to avoid losing your license and your driving privileges.

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License Suspension Penalties

According to chapter ten of the Texas Driver Handbook, adults and minors licensed to drive in the state of Texas have entered into an implied consent agreement with the TxDPS to undergo BAC chemical tests when arrested with DWI charges (61). So then, if a suspect refuses to take the test, their license can be suspended for a period of 180 days, even if the criminal courts deem the suspect not guilty of a DWI charge.

Not only can a driver’s license be suspended as a result of refusing to take a blood or breath test, but it is usually suspended by the TxDPS on conviction of DWI charges. The Texas Driver Handbook records the penalties of license suspensions as 90 to 365 days for a first offense, and 180 days to 2 years for second and third offenses. These time frames can change depending on any extraneous or aggravating circumstances of the case, such as whether there was a minor in the car and whether an individual was injured or killed.

How the ALR Program Works

The process of dealing with the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program usually entails:

  • Receiving a notice of license suspension from the ALR
  • Submitting a request for an ALR hearing within 15 days of the arrest
  • Receiving a letter with the time, date (within 120 days), and location of the ALR hearing
  • Cooperating so your Fort Worth DWI attorney can begin collecting evidence for the hearing
  • Attending the hearing (you are allowed to have an attorney with you at the hearing)
  • Awaiting the Administrative Law Judge’s final decision regarding license suspension

Remember, the request for an ALR hearing must be submitted within 15 days or your license can be automatically suspended.

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