In Texas, an Arrest for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Creates Two Separate Cases: Criminal and Civil
The Criminal Case May Result In Jail Time, Fines, Probation, and Community Service
The Civil Case Initiates an Administrative License Revocation (ALR).
The civil case typically begins as soon as the driver is arrested for DWI. If the driver fails the breath test or refuses to take one, the ALR suspension will be initiated.
When you are arrested for DWI, the officer will take your license and issue you a temporary driving permit that will expire 41 days after the date it was issued. If you request a hearing to challenge the suspension, it will delay the ALR sanctions until your hearing can take place.
It is important to note that this ALR suspension is automatic unless you request a hearing with the Department of Public Safety within 15 days. If you do not request a hearing within this time, your license will automatically be suspended on the 41 st day after your arrest.
You only have 15 days from Notice of Suspension to send your request for a License Revocation Hearing! Contact Berlof and Newton NOW! Fill out the contact form on this page or call 214-823-LAWS (5297).