Maintaining the ability to drive legally (ALR Hearings and Occupational Licenses)
When you are arrested and charged with a DWI, your license is automatically suspended. In order to maintain your current license, you or your attorney must request a hearing within 15 days of when you received a Notice of Suspension. Typically you are served this notice on the date of your arrest. If you don’t submit a timely request for hearing, your license will automatically be suspended on the 40th day after receiving the Notice of Suspension. If you submit a request for hearing within 15 days, you are allowed to drive until the date of the hearing. If your license is suspended after the hearing, you still have the opportunity to apply for an occupational license. These are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by a judge.
The Hull Firm will review your case and offer advice on whether you should request an Administrative License Hearing (ALR) or simply allow your license to be suspended and submit a request for the occupational license. Sometimes it may be beneficial to let the suspension period begin running immediately after the 15 days and apply for an occupation license.
An Occupational License allows you to drive legally for the purpose of work, household duties, or school. The license is valid until the end of your driver’s license suspension. If you are granted an occupational license by the court you usually will have the following restrictions placed on your license:
- The days of the week and hours during the day during which you are allowed to drive
- The reasons for you to be driving
- The counties or roads you are allowed to drive in
Again, contact us at 512.200.BLOW and one of our experienced attorneys can advise you on what is best for you.