In Texas, if you are arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), Boating While Intoxicated (BWI), or DUI (statutory minor with any detectable amount of alcohol), your initial court appearance will generally be at least thirty (30) calendar days after the date on which you were arrested, depending on the jurisdiction. However, it is imperative that you speak with a DWI lawyer as soon as possible following your arrest. This is because in addition to the criminal charges for DWI, you are also facing a civil suspension of your driver’s license if you either: (i) refused to provide a specimen or your breath, or (ii) provided a specimen of breath/blood showing a prohibited concentration. Moreover, this suspension will occur AUTOMATICALLY if you do not properly request an administrative license revocation hearing within fifteen (15) days from the date of your arrest. Therefore, while the time immediately following an arrest for DWI can be a very traumatic and emotional time, it is essential that if you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable DWI attorney, such as Christopher Simpkins at 210-273-4874, before the fifteen days which you have to request the hearing expires.

YOU ONLY HAVE FIFTEEN (15) DAYS FOLLOWING AN ARREST FOR DWI, DUI, OR BOATING WHILE INTOXICATED TO REQUEST AN ADMINISTRIAVE HEARING TO PROTECT YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES FROM SUSPENSION. CONTACT SAN ANTONIO DWI ATTORNEY CHRISTOPHER SIMPKINS IMMEDIATELY AT 210-273-4874, TO PROTECT YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES, AND LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR A WINNING DWI/DUI DEFENSE BY ENSURING THAT AN ALR HEARING IS CONDUCTED IN YOUR CASE! IF YOU FAIL TO REQUEST A HEARING, YOUR DRIVING PRIVILEGES WILL BE SUSPENDED AUTOMATICALLY 40 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF YOUR ARREST.

If you hire DWI/DUI attorney Christopher Simpkins within this time frame, the Law Office of Christopher Simpkins will ensure that an ALR hearing is properly requested in your case; that the discovery materials to which you are entitled under the law are furnished timely, and in their entirety, and; that the arresting officer/(s) are properly subpoenaed to appear at your driver’s license suspension (ALR) hearing.

At a driver’s license suspension (ALR) hearing, which is presided over by an administrative judge, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), must prove by a preponderance of the evidence:

  • reasonable suspicion existed to stop and detain you for questioning e.g. a traffic offense;
  • probable cause existed to believe that you were intoxicated at the time you were operating a motor vehicle in a public place;that
  • you were lawfully placed under arrest and asked to submit to a breath or blood test, and;
  • that you either refused the request to provide a specimen of your blood/breath; or that you provided a specimen with a concentration in excess of the legal limit.

Texas DWI defense attorney Christopher Simpkins has extensive experience practicing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), and will vigorously advocate for your interests in your ALR hearing, and will fight to protect your driver’s license from suspension. Even if your license has been suspended, you may still be eligible for an occupational driver’s license which, subject to certain restrictions, will allow you to legally drive during the period your driver’s license is suspended.

At the Law Office of Christopher Simpkins, a San Antonio based DWI law firm, we provide aggressive and skillful representation to individuals charged with DWI. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DWI, don’t delay, you only have fifteen (15) days to act in order to save your license from automatic suspension, so call Christopher Simpkins today at 210-273-4874 to discuss how he can help.