The officer told me my license would be suspended. What should I do?


Administrative License Suspension, or ALR, is what he was talking about, but not all arrests end with suspended licenses. In most cases, a "Notice of Suspension" is served immediately after the test is failed or refused.

The accused will automatically lose his license UNLESS a hearing request is received by DPS within 15 days of the accused receiving his notice of suspension. 

Making a proper and timely request will entitle you to a hearing on whether your license should be suspended. That hearing will be conducted by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), usually within six weeks of arrest.

Click here for a printable hearing request form you can complete and fax right now!

ALR hearings involve many different laws, such as transportation code, criminal law, rules of evidence, rules of procedure, SOAH rules, and DPS rules. This is another reason it is important to contact a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. DO NOT DELAY.

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