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How to Get a Suspended License Back Early

Jerry W. Tidwell, Jr.
How to get a suspended license back early

It’s true: your driver’s license will likely get suspended after you are charged with a DWI.

An arrest for DWI in Texas usually leads to a criminal case.

In most instances, the police officer also issues a “Notice of Suspension/Temporary Driving Permit.” This is generally because the person arrested refused to submit to a breath or blood test or did consent to a breath or blood test and the result was an alcohol concentration greater than 0.08.

This begins a civil action by DPS to attempt to suspend a person’s license.

DPS will automatically suspend a license on the forty-first day after arrest, unless, within fifteen days of the arrest, you request a hearing challenging the attempted suspension. DPS will not suspend your license until after the hearing concludes.

If you’ve been charged with a DWI, you should contact an experienced DWI defense attorney today to get started on your case.

Even if you are being charged, you can keep your license. Here is how to get a suspended license back early.

Administrative License Revocation (ALR)

There are two important reasons to request an ALR hearing.

First, you may win (or the State may fail to prove its case), in which case you keep your license until resolution of the criminal case.

Second, we get a preview of the State’s criminal case, including discovery of the police officer’s reasons for the arrest (usually in the form of a police report) and an opportunity to cross-examine the police officer (usually before the prosecutor is even aware of the pending criminal case).

Exercising your right to an ALR hearing is time-sensitive – please contact us immediately so that we may preserve your license rights.

Occupational Driver’s License (ODL)

If your license is suspended, either due to a DWI arrest or conviction, or for any other reason, you may petition the Court for an ODL (either in the Court with jurisdiction of your criminal case, or the Court in your county of residence).

An ODL is a restricted license that allows you to meet your “essential needs” such as work, school, or necessary household responsibilities. The Court may limit your driving to scheduled times; or the Court may require you to keep a log book, documenting your driving times, subject to an inspection that you do not exceed your authorized hours.

If you drive while your license is suspended, you may be charged with a misdemeanor offense of Driving While License Suspended.

If you are on Community Supervision, the State may file a Motion to Revoke your Community Supervision. If you violate the conditions of your ODL, you may be charged with a misdemeanor offense of Violation of Occupational Driver’s License. The Court will likely revoke your ODL.

Contact the Tidwell Law Firm Today

How to get a suspended license back

If you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, please contact us.

We are dedicated to providing quality legal representation to clients throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex, including Dallas, Collin, Tarrant and Denton counties (Plano, McKinney, Allen, Arlington, Richardson, Carrollton, Grand Prarie, Irving, Southlake, Coppell, etc).

The Tidwell Law Firm wants to get you back on the road, and we can help you get your suspended license back.

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