ALR Hearings

For those arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI), criminal charges associated with the arrest are often the most glaring issues. What many drivers charged with DWI/DUI in San Antonio fail to realize is that there is a second, civil proceeding against their driving privileges that is contested during an administrative license revocation hearing.

ALR Hearings Provide An Opportunity To Build Your Criminal Defense

Administrative license revocation hearings, or ALR hearings, are an opportunity for drivers to retain their driving privileges after refusing to take a breath or blood test when stopped for intoxication offenses such as DWI/DUI. Like many other states, Texas law has an implied consent statute that requires drivers on Texas roadways to provide a blood or breath sample when requested by police during a DWI/DUI arrest or face a loss of their driving privilege.

At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, we see ALR hearings as a critical opportunity to attack your criminal intoxication case for two distinct reasons:

  • Although you are not required to have an attorney to file an ALR request, we will ensure that you meet the strict deadlines, file correctly and have every opportunity to avoid a suspension of your license. We regularly and successfully defend our clients' driving privileges during these types of hearings.

  • ALR hearings give us an opportunity to question arresting officers before they have a chance to prepare for criminal court. We will discover evidence or discrepancies that strengthen your DWI case and may lend additional support to your defense.

There is plenty of misinformation out there regarding license suspensions and ALR hearings. In some cases, the authorities may mistakenly tell you that your license will automatically be suspended. The truth is that an automatic suspension will occur 40 days after your arrest, but you can prevent the suspension by requesting an ALR hearing within 15 days of your arrest. Once your request for a hearing is accepted, your suspension will not occur until after the hearing — or if you win your case, your license will not be suspended at all.

However, ALR hearings are highly technical administrative proceedings. A knowledgeable DWI defense attorney is required for success. If you cannot get to an attorney within 15 days of your arrest for an intoxication offense, then you can file the ALR request yourself to give you time to consult a defense lawyer. Clients who bring us a complete DIC-25 Temporary Driving Permit within 15 days of their arrest can have their ALR request filed for free during their free initial consultation.

When you work with us at the Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, we will look into the specifics of your case, tailor our advice to your needs and help you understand your options while building a strong defense.

An Experienced Lawyer Helping You Stand Up To The Department Of Public Safety

Your ALR hearing is more than an opportunity to prevent the suspension of your driver's license, it's also a chance to start building the best possible defense in your criminal case. We think the ALR is so important, that if you bring us a copy of your completed DIC-25 Temporary Driving Permit, we will help you file your ALR request for free. At Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda, PLLC, we use our years of experience, resources and in-depth knowledge to handle the ALR and your DWI.

After a DWI/DUI arrest, reach out to us at our San Antonio law office by calling 210-570-9902 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We will explain your rights and help you take immediate action against both the civil and criminal proceedings associated with a DWI/DUI in Texas.