15 Day Deadline
Did the Texas Department of Public Safety recently let you know they’re making a push to suspend your license due to a DWI charge? If so, you have 15 days from the date of your actual arrest to request a hearing for trying to avoid driver’s license suspension. If 15 days pass and you do not request a hearing with help from a Houston attorney from The Law Offices of Jim Medley, your license will be suspended automatically, and you won’t be permitted to appeal the suspension or request a hearing. At this time, there aren’t any exceptions to this rule, and you cannot ask for an extension as the 15-day deadline approaches.
Preparing to Fight for your License
After you call on The Law Offices of Jim Medley to serve as your Houston attorney and request a hearing related to your driver’s license suspension, your driving privileges will remain intact. There may be some bond conditions placed on your ability to drive as part of your criminal case, but otherwise, you can continue to drive freely as you normally would.
Once your hearing has been scheduled, The Law Offices of Jim Medley will work hard on your behalf to prevent you from losing your license. We will get our hands on everything from police reports and surveillance videos to witness statements and 911 calls to gather evidence related to your case. We also subpoena any police officers who were involved in your traffic stop and cross-examine them during your hearing. This will allow us to fight hard to help you steer clear of driver’s license suspension.
Refusal or Failure
If the Texas DPS is going to successfully suspend your driver’s license, they’re going to have to prove you either refused to take a breathalyzer test or provide a blood specimen following your DUI arrest, or you took one of those tests and were found to have a blood alcohol level over 0.08. Under Texas law, a DWI charge calls for a minimum driver’s license suspension of 90 days for anyone who is caught driving with 0.08 BAC or higher. You’ll need an experienced Houston attorney from The Law Offices of Jim Medley by your side to allow you to continue to drive for at least a short period of time prior to your hearing. You’ll also need them to prepare a defense for you for your subsequent DWI criminal case.
If you do ultimately face a driver’s license suspension, it doesn’t necessarily have to be the end of the world for you. Often, a good Houston lawyer like one from The Law Offices of Jim Medley can seek court-ordered permission for you to drive between your home and your place of employment throughout the duration of your suspension. You may be forced to use an ignition interlock device and obtain an SR-22 as a condition, but you will, at the very least, be able to continue driving so you can earn a living.
Contact The Law Offices of Jim Medley at 713-668-2394 today if you’re currently facing driver’s license suspension and looking for a Houston attorney to help you avoid it.