Arrested for DWI? You have 15 days to keep your license!

By Andreea Ionescu • Updated on August 04, 2017

If you were arrested for DWI and refused or failed the breath test (if you blew a .08, you failed the breath test), your Driver’s License will automatically be suspended. What most people won’t tell you is that you have only 15 days to do something about this. 

Here’s what to do in order to not be sidelined or have to Uber around town:

 

Step 1.

Fill out his form to request an ALR hearing to keep your Driver’s License:
https://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/customer_service/alr.aspx

 

Step 2.

Periodically check the status of your Driver’s License here:  
https://txapps.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/dleligibility/login.do?utm_source=texasgov&utm_medium=drivers_DLE&utm_campaign=driver_2016

 

Step 3.

Look out for the notice of the hearing in the mail

 

Step 4.

Hire an attorney to represent you at the ALR hearing

 

Why do you need an attorney at the ARL hearing?

It is important that you have an attorney representing you at the ALR hearing because it will give your attorney a chance to talk to the police officer and get his offense reports, videos, etc. before the prosecutor has the chance to do so. This can be proven valuable in handling the DWI case, especially  if the police officer changes his story later on.

What happens if you miss the 15 day deadline?

If you missed the 15 day deadline your Driver’s License will be suspended from 90 days up to 2 years.