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In Texas, if you are arrested for Driving While Intoxicated your driver license may be suspended, even if you are later found not guilty or the charges are dismissed!


The Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program is a civil administrative process unrelated to criminal court proceedings.

If you are arrested for DWI and refuse and/or fail the breath or blood test you will be served a notice that your driver license will be suspended. You have 14 days from the date the suspension notice is served to request a DWI driver’s license hearing. If you do not request this DWI driver’s license hearing, the suspension goes into effect on the 40th day after the notice is served. This date is usually 40 days after the arrest!

It is imperative that you submit a request for a DWI driver’s license hearing within the required 14 days! If the 14 day deadline is not met, the request for a hearing will be denied!

At the hearing, which may take up to 120 days to be scheduled, the Department of Public Safety will provide the arrest report to the judge. If the arresting officer is not subpoenaed by the accused driver, the police report will be admitted as evidence without any testimony. It is the responsibility of the accused driver to provide facts to the hearing officer to fight the license suspension. The judge will then determine if the reasons for the suspension are valid. As an Austin DWI attorney, Stephen T Bowling, P.C., conducts the ALR hearing for all clients. We personally request discovery and reviews all videos, looking for weak points in the case, to protect your driving privileges.

Proven Defense by a Former Law Enforcement Officer

Many people who are charged with an Austin DWI just assume there is no way to fight it. They think the best they can hope for is a smaller fine or a reduction in the amount of time they lose their license. We focus on defending anyone accused of a DWI. With the right legal counsel, there are other outcomes. Depending on the facts of the case, what if

  • Instead of months of suspension, you don’t lose your license at all?
  • Instead of making a deal for probation, you never get convicted?
  • Instead of having a DWI conviction, your record stays clean?
  • Instead of cutting bad deals, you get a vigorous DWI defense?

While every case depends on the facts and circumstances at play, mounting an aggressive defense to DWI charges may be your best option. The Austin Criminal Defense attorneys at Stephen T Bowling, P.C., handle all drunk driving cases, defending clients in both the criminal proceedings and driver’s license hearings.

Don’t trust just anyone with your DWI defense. Contact the law firm of Stephen T Bowling, PC, by e-mail or call us at 512-599-9000 to schedule your free consultation with an Austin DWI lawyer to discover some strategies we pursue in defending Austin Driving While Intoxicated cases.

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DWI Case Factors

What is Intoxicated?
What is “operating” a motor vehicle?
What is a “Public Place”?
Drugged Driving
DWI Penalties
DWI with a Child under 15
DWI with a BAC over 0.15
DWI with Open Container
14 day Driver’s License Requirement

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