Understanding DWI And Your Driver's License

If you are arrested for DWI, your driver's license will automatically be suspended. For many, the loss of driving privileges associated with a DWI arrest is troubling. The ability to pick up the kids, drive to and from work and pick up groceries is severely compromised from a license suspension. For a first-time DWI arrest, the suspension period is 90 days if the chemical test returned a reading of 0.08 BAC. In cases where law enforcement alleges a driver refused a breath or blood test, the suspension for a first-time offense is 180 days. For repeat offenses, the suspension periods are longer.

There Is No Time To Wait After A DWI Arrest

It is often tempting for individuals accused of DWI to wait to consult with an attorney. Unfortunately, Texas law only allows you 15 days after receiving notice of the automatic license to file the appropriate paperwork to request an ALR hearing with the Department of Public Safety to challenge the suspension. Police generally provide the notice during the arrest process.

If you miss the deadline, your privilege to drive will be automatically suspended, regardless of what may happen with the criminal charges. The ALR hearing is conducted separately from the criminal DWI charges. If you were recently arrested for DWI, I urge you to call (469) 519-2739 to arrange a free consultation to learn your options.

Challenging A DWI Suspension Or Obtaining An Occupational Driver's License

If you have recently been arrested for DWI, time is critical in obtaining the guidance, advice and representation of a DWI/DUI defense lawyer. At Terri Daniel, Attorney at Law, PLLC, I vigorously defend men and women accused of DWI charges. When you work with me to defend you against the power of the government, I will explore every option available to help you get your life back on track. An occupational driver's license (ODL), may be a viable option to allow you to have limited noncommercial driving privileges to get to work, school or to perform essential household duties.

To arrange a free consultation with a highly experienced lawyer send me an email now or call (469) 519-2739. My office is conveniently located in McKinney.