Did you know that drunk driving is one of the significant causes of road accidents in the United States? As per statistics, hundreds of drunk drivers get into different kinds of accidents every month. While these are unavoidable incidents, most can easily be avoided when the driver followed the law or stayed within the prescribed Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level which is 0.08 and below.
When you are caught either Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), you may get charged for a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the offense, in addition to different penalties, there is also a tendency that your license will get suspended. Some minor charges and processes come with DWI such as the ALR program.
ALR stands for Administrative License Revocation, and it is a civil, administrative process that is not in any way related to any criminal court proceedings. It is heard separately from other charges since it is considered minor. You may be wondering, what causes ALR? Well, this program is made for drivers and operators who were caught DWI or BWI and refused to take field blood or breath test.
As per law, any individual suspected of such are required to submit into sobriety tests, and if you refuse, there are consequences. It is also the same instance when you took the tests and failed. These tests are often done either by blood or breath. When the ALR court proves that you made the violations, your license may get suspended from ninety days to two years. Furthermore, if you fail the test or even when you refuse to take it, you may get a one-year disqualification for your commercial driver’s license.
Before you even reach the ALR court, there is a process being followed when you get flagged down. As mentioned, an office can flag you down whenever they suspect you are drunk driving. Once you stop, you will be requested to take the tests, if you fail or if you refuse, you will get arrested on the spot. When they prove that you are indeed a violator, you will receive a notice of suspension. Once you receive it, you have 15 days to contest it and request for an ALR hearing Houston. Upon receipt, you need to wait for the details of your interview.
On the other hand, if you choose not to, then the revocation will start on the 40th day after the notice has been served. A police officer will then take your license and replace it with a temporary driving permit. Before you can get your consent back in the future, you need to pay a re-installment fee of $125 so you can retrieve or renew your license.
The hearing is requested to contest the issuance of suspension for your license. The ALR court must receive your request within 15 days. Otherwise, it will be denied. When received on time, you will receive the date, time and location for your hearing. But be patient because it can take up to 120 days for you to get a schedule.
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