An ALR hearing is extremely important when fighting a DWI if you want to keep your license. The reasoning for an ALR hearing is because you either failed a breath or blood test, or refused to take a blood or breath test. Therefore, the Texas DPS is trying to suspend your driver’s license. By requesting an ALR hearing, you are essentially forcing the DPS to prove their case against you. They will have the opportunity to try to prove that the officer who stopped you had reasonable suspicion or probable cause.License suspension for first time offenders usually last from ninety days to three-hundred and sixty-five. License suspension for a second or third offense range from one-hundred and eighty days to two years.
You have 15 days after your arrest to submit a request to try to get an ALR hearing. If you submit the request within the 15 required days, you will receive a letter, to the address they have on file, in the mail from the DPS with your ALR hearing information, such as the date, time, and location. If you fail to request your hearing within those 15 days, your license suspension will begin 40 days after your arrest.