License Suspension & ALR Hearing

Folks arrested for first time DWI offenses in Austin often come to my office surprised that their physical driver’s license was taken from them before their release from jail.

Many believe that their license is currently suspended, before they have even gone to court. The truth is that the license suspension is not concurrent with the

Chapter 524 – Administrative Suspension of Driver’s License for Failure to Pass Test for Intoxication

Subchapter A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 524.001. Definitions

Section 524.002. Rules; Application of Administrative Procedure Act

Subchapter B. SUSPENSION DETERMINATION AND NOTICE

Section 524.011. Officer’s Duties for Driver’s License Suspension

Section 524.012. Department’s Determination for Driver’s License Suspension

Section 524.013. Notice

Section 524.042. Stay of Suspension on Appeal

(a) A suspension of a driver’s license under this chapter is stayed on the filing of an appeal petition only if:

(1) the person’s driver’s license has not been suspended as a result of an alcohol-related or drug-related enforcement contact during the five years preceding the date of the

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 724.001. Definitions

Section 724.002. Applicability

Section 724.003. Rulemaking

SUBCHAPTER B. TAKING AND ANALYSIS OF SPECIMEN

Section 724.011. Consent to Taking of a Specimen

Section 724.012. Taking of a Specimen

Section 724.013. Prohibition on Taking a Specimen If Person Refuses; Exception

Section 724.014. Person Incapable of Refusal

Section 724.015. Information Provided

Section 724.048. Relationship of Administrative Proceeding to Criminal Proceeding 

(a) The determination of the department or administrative law judge:

(1) is a civil matter;

(2) is independent of and is not an estoppel as to any matter in issue in an adjudication of a criminal charge arising from the occurrence that is the basis for the suspension

Section 724.061. Admissibility of Refusal of Person to Submit to Taking of Specimen

A person’s refusal of a request by an officer to submit to the taking of a specimen of breath or blood, whether the refusal was express or the result of an intentional failure to give the specimen, may be introduced into evidence