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DWI License Suspension Time Limits

The state of Texas deals with DWI charges in a relatively strict manner in regards to license suspension. Drivers face license suspension shortly after their arrest, giving them a limited amount of time to consult with an attorney about their legal options. However, it is important for those charged with DWI to speak with someone who can provide important advice about what action to take to protect their driver’s license.

If you’re facing DWI charges, experienced representation may be the key to regaining your driving privileges and protecting your future. To discuss what legal options may be available for you in these cases, contact a Houston criminal lawyer from Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., today by calling 713-523-0404.

Time Frames to Keep in Mind

If you have recently had your driver’s license suspended, you will need to be aware of the following time frames:

#1: 90- to 180-day License Suspension

A person who has their license suspended by the state may face a 90-day suspension if they submitted to a breathalyzer test. Those who refused the test will face a significantly more punitive 180-day suspension on their license. However, this suspension can be challenged.

#2: 41-day Temporary License

The police will take a person’s driver’s license after a DWI arrest. In return, they’re given a temporary license that is valid for 41-days. If nothing is done to restore their driver’s license, it will result in either a 90-day or a 180-day suspension.

#3: 15 Days to Act

An Administrative License Revocation (ALR) is the official title for a license suspension. However, a person can stop or even stall this process by filing for a hearing with the Department of Public Safety within 15 days of an arrest. After 15 days, the person’s temporary license may still be valid until it expires, but their actual driver’s license will be suspended.

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If you’re facing the loss of your license and aren’t sure about how to deal with an ALR hearing, we may be able to assist you. To learn more about how you can fight to protect your driver’s license after a DWI arrest, contact a Houston criminal defense lawyer with Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-523-0404 today.