Just because you have been arrested for DWI in Houston and refused the Texas DWI breath test or failed the breath test DOES NOT mean you are going to automatically lose your license.
When arrested, you should have been given a form titled NOTICE OF SUSPENSION -TEMPORARY DRIVING PERMIT. This is your driver’s license for now and you are legal to drive while carrying that piece of paper. In order to have a chance to save your license though, WE MUST GIVE NOTICE TO DPS THAT WE WANT TO FIGHT THE SUSPENSION WITHIN 15 DAYS OF THE ARREST If we do not notify DPS, your license will be suspended on the 41st day after your arrest.
Our Houston DWI Attorney saves more licenses than many other Houston DWI lawyers. Over half of our clients arrested for a Houston DWI avoided license suspension in the last year. Many Houston DWI attorneys do not even bother trying to fight license suspension for their clients.
In the event of a license suspension resulting from a Houston DWI arrest, we successfully obtain court-ordered permission for almost every client to drive (occupational license) for work or school-related purposes.
Losing your Driving Privileges
If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), you have 15 days from the date of your arrest to schedule an administrative hearing to prevent the loss of your driving privileges. The administrative process is separate from your criminal case. At the hearing, information regarding your drunk driving arrest and the charges against you will be reviewed. An attorney can be present to represent your rights and interest, interview witnesses, and challenge any evidence that is presented. If you fail to schedule or attend the hearing, your license will automatically be suspended. You will also face license suspension if you refused to take a breath or blood test at the time of your arrest. A Houston DWI lawyer from the firm can provide aggressive representation at your hearing.
An arrest for DWI can carry serious penalties, including:
- Court-ordered alcohol or drug counseling
- Vehicle impoundment
- Mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device
- Driver’s license suspension
Cases involving a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC), a minor in the car, or a DWI auto accident with injuries are usually filed as a felony. The attorney from the firm will move forward immediately to identify the best course of action to defend you against the charges you face, and the defense strategy will include the vital issue of addressing the hearing regarding your legal right to drive.