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Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
In Texas, merely being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated can result in a suspension of your driver’s license regardless of whether or not you are ever prosecuted for the offense. The arresting officer may have the paperwork prepared for your license suspension before you even bond out of jail. You have a very short period of time to request a hearing and contest the facts necessary for suspension of your license. A failure to timely request a hearing will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
Administrative License Revocation (ALR)
This process, commonly referred to as an A.L.R. hearing, is a separate procedure from the criminal case against you. You can retain an attorney to represent you at this hearing, or you can represent yourself. If your license is suspended, you will either need to stop driving until your license is reinstated, or petition a court for an essential needs license to allow driving for limited purposes.
Should you be charged and convicted of an intoxication related offense, you may be placed on community supervision (probation) or you may be sentenced to confinement in a county jail or prison depending on the offense. If placed on community supervision, the terms of that supervision will be strictly enforced and may include, among many other things, in-patient or out-patient substance abuse counseling, a short period of “shock” jail or electric monitoring, an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive, and an additional license suspension. Some collateral consequences of the conviction include paying a surcharge that will add up to thousands of dollars over a period of time, and increased automobile insurance rates.
Examples of Intoxication Related Offenses
- Driving While Intoxicated
- Driving Under the Influence
- Driving While Intoxicated - Child Passenger
- Intoxication Assault
- Intoxication Manslaughter
Edward A. Jendrzey, Attorney at Law, will use his knowledge and experience to thoroughly review the facts of your case, advise you regarding potential legal defenses, and point out any other issues that may exist with respect to the field sobriety tasks or breath/blood samples, if provided.
If you have been arrested for an intoxication related offense and are looking for an attorney to handle any or all aspects of your case as discussed above, contact Edward A. Jendrzey, Attorney at Law for your free initial consultation.