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Texas DWI ALR License Suspension, Revocation, and Disqualification

There are a variety of driver's license suspensions that can impact a person's ability to apply for or renew their license. These include suspensions for actions that did not even occur in Texas! That's right, a suspension in another state can (but won't always) impact a person's ability to drive in Texas. Typically, for Texas DWI arrests, this comes in the form of an ALR suspension. But, DPS can also suspend a person's license for not completing a DWI education course while on probation, for example. For some of these suspensions, a person may need to petition for an ODL in...

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Texas ALR: Administrative License Suspension Injustice

Here is some Texas ALR Administrative License Suspension Injustice: DPS can suspend a license for refusing to give breath or blood There is a grave injustice in punishing someone for exercising the right to refuse. This is what Texas calls its "implied consent" law for license suspensions. Under this law, Texas says a person is deemed to have consented to "the taking of one or more specimens of [their] breath or blood" after an arrest for DWI, DUI, or BWI. In other words, a refusal means absolutely nothing other than the length of suspension DPS issues. The statute does have a bit...

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Interlock Devices and Exceptions

Hate having an interlock? Want to get it off? Courts may, and sometimes must, require you to install an interlock in your car. This device, in simple terms, is a breathalyzer that you must use to start you car. Some interlocks will also take a picture when you blow into it to make sure it is you (or a technician). If someone else blows for you, you may be at risk for DWI probation revocation or DWI bond revocation. This post aims to explain when courts may order you to install an interlock, and some of the exceptions to the rule. EXCEPTIONS...

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Common Drivers License Questions When You Get a DWI

As if a DWI arrest wasn't stressful enough, Texas also has an "administrative" proceeding where Texas DPS tries to suspend your license! Because a DWI arrest triggers both a criminal and administrative process, the Coffey Firm's DWI Lawyers in DFW will help with each process. Here are some common drivers license questions The Coffey Firm has heard from it clients: I got a DWI! Is my license already suspended?! Luckily, the answer is ‘NO.’ After a DWI arrest you have 15 days to request an ALR (Administrative License Revocation) hearing. The Coffey Firm will take care of sending the request...

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DWI Repercussions on Driver’s Education

Getting a driver’s license is a major life milestone. Many see it as a right of passage in a person's life. But there are repercussions if a parent has a DWI. Signing off as a parent “instructor” for a person’s driver’s license involves many hours. Having a DPS agent tell your child they are ineligible for a license because of your prior DWI is embarrassing. Not to mention, a rejected driver’s license application because of this wastes many precious hours. Many teenagers are turning to their parents in modern times to satisfy the driver’s education requirement for a driver’s license. A...

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