Dallas ALR Hearing
The loss of a drivers license is a serious issue and can have negative repercussions on your life. Every effort will be made by our Dallas DWI attorney to prevent your license from being suspended. Our initial aim will be to have the charges dropped. If this is not possible, however, we will aim to minimize the consequences as much as possible. Please contact Mr. Bishop, our Dallas DWI lawyer, for more information.
Once served with notice of suspension, it is imperative that you request an ALR hearing within 15 days. If you fail to do so, your license will be suspended 40 days after notice was served. Please contact us immediately after your arrest and we can request the ALR hearing.
An ALR hearing is an administrative hearing in which it will be decided whether or not your drivers license will be suspended. This is a civil hearing that is separate from your criminal DWI court case. It is important to have an attorney represent you at the hearing who is familiar with the ALR process and knows what issues to address.
Our Dallas DWI lawyer, Mr. Bishop, will help you through the ALR hearing process and will work to help save your drivers license from being suspended. The standard of review in an ALR hearing is more likely than not. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety must show it was more likely than not that the arresting officer and others followed the law and adequate protocol.
In order to make your case, we will seek and collect Officer arrest paperwork and call the arresting officer and any other officers involved in the arrest and collection of evidence to be witnesses at the ALR hearing. To defend you, we will make every effort possible to prove that the officer and other officers involved in evidence collection failed to follow the law and adequate procedures by showing that the arresting officer did not have probable cause to arrest you and/or didn’t have reasonable suspicion to believe you were driving while intoxicated. In addition, we can defend your case by showing that the arresting officer failed to give you the opportunity to take a blood or breathalyzer test or that you passed either of those tests and were still arrested. If the officer is under subpoena to appear and fails to do so, the action against your drivers license will likely be dismissed.
We have the experience and expertise to fight your license suspension. However, in the event your license is suspended, we can still get you an occupational drivers license (ODL). You will not have to miss school, work, or church activities with the ODL and will normally be able to drive up to 12 hours a day and up to 60 hours a week. If you are located in Fort Worth, get in touch with our Fort Worth DWI attorney location for a free consultation.
A Dallas DWI lawyer will help you file for an occupational drivers license. Obtaining an occupational license requires the following: (a) Original SR-22 certificate of insurance, (b) $10 fee for a 1 year occupational license, (c) $125 ALR restatement fee (if required), and (d) a Petition for Occupational Drivers License.
An SR-22 is a rider policy that does not replace your current automobile insurance. It is required in order to have an ODL granted by the Judge and issued by Texas DPs. IThis form proves to the DMV that you have been given limited liability insurance. This form also requires that the insurance company contact the Texas DMV if the policy is cancelled, terminated, or is lapsed. Probation is sometimes also required.
If your license is suspended a SR-22 may also be required to get your license back when a restricted license is obtained. Minimum liability insurance is required when your license is suspended and you apply for a restricted driving license. If you do not own a vehicle you will have to purchase “Non Owners” coverage in order to get a restricted license. The cost of this insurance can very greatly according to where a person lives and what their driving record is like. The DMV can get you a copy of your driving record if you do not it, for a fee. The filing period for the SR-22 will usually be three years but can sometimes be longer.