How to Reinstate Your Driving Privileges After a DWI-Related Suspension
If your license has been suspended due to driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges, it will not automatically be reinstated. You will need to take several steps to get your driving privileges back. Driving on a suspended license can result in additional criminal charges, so you want to be sure that your driving privileges are reinstated before you get behind the wheel.
At Maverick Ray & Associates, we represent people who have been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas. Alcohol-related offenses are some of the most commonly charged crimes in the state. They can happen to almost anyone and carry potentially lengthy license suspensions.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, get the aggressive representation you need. Contact our office at (281) 947-2007 for a free consultation. We can help you fight the charges and get your license back after a suspension.
Steps to Reinstating Your License
Driving is an essential part of most people’s lives. In the state of Texas, there are only a limited number of areas where you don’t need a car. Unfortunately, if you are arrested for a DWI, you can face a lengthy license suspension that can turn your life upside down.
If your license is suspended, you may need to:
- Attend an alcohol education program;
- Serve your suspension
- Pay a reinstatement fee
- Obtain proof of financial responsibility (SR-22)
Under certain circumstances, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in order to drive. If you are court-ordered to only drive a vehicle with an IID installed, you should not take the chance of driving someone else’s car. Violating a court order can result in criminal charges.
Why You Need to Act Fast
The clock begins to tick as soon as you are arrested for drunk driving. You only have 15 days to contact the Texas Department of Public Safety to request an Administrative License Revocation hearing. If you fail to request the hearing, your license will be automatically suspended based solely on the arrest. The suspension is unrelated to your criminal case and any suspension that may occur as a result of a conviction.
By contacting a DWI attorney immediately after your arrest, you can ensure that they will request the hearing on your behalf and try to prevent the suspension or limit the amount of time that you are not allowed to drive. An attorney can also work with you to make sure that you meet all requirements for getting your driving privileges reinstated as quickly as possible.
Hiring a DWI Attorney in Houston
If you were arrested for a DWI, contact our office at (281) 947-2007 for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team will help you understand your rights and request an ALR hearing if it is within the time limit. Do not go it alone. Let our attorneys fight the charges against you and help to save your license. Call our office now to get started.