The new Texas law provides you with the opportunity to DRIVE IMMEDIATELY once you install an Ignition Interlock Device.
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Texas has two sets of procedures that you must attend to when you have been charged with a DWI—administrative and judicial. We suggest that you consult with a DWI attorney immediately to make sure you get the best advice for your particular situation as laws are always changing.
Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Procedures
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas is one of 42 states that has implemented ALR which means that your license will be confiscated immediately if your BAC is above .08 OR if you refuse a BAC test. Your license will either be suspended or revoked at that point, even though you have not been officially convicted in a criminal trial. In fact, you can be charged with an administrative license suspension even if you are not later charged with driving under the influence offense. This action was designed to be in addition to and separate from the traditional DWI judicial conviction penalties such as license suspension, jail time, community service hours, ignition interlock device, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation.
You will be given a 15 day grace period during which you can drive under a temporary driving permit issued by the officer at the scene. During that time, you can request a hearing to challenge this case. This case will be heard by an administrative law judge. If you do not request a hearing, your license will be automatically remain suspended on the 16th day for 3 months. After the suspension period, you will have a restricted license allowing you to drive to work or school, health care providers, parole or probation meetings, drug and alcohol counseling, court-approved locations, and emergencies. Texas allows you to install an interlock device in lieu of suspension after 30 days.
Remember that this is a separate case from the judicial case, with separate authorities and separate rulings. This can be a very important influence upon the judicial procedures, but you must act very quickly if you wish to challenge this.
In Texas, the drunk driving law prohibits a person from driving when they have a BAC of .08% or higher. Courts are required to order the installation and monitoring of an interlock device for any driver whose BAC levels are .15% or higher, even for the first offense.
License Revocation, Fines and Jail
- First Offense – Misdemeanor: up to $2,000 fine [up to $4,000 if BAC 0.15% or more], 72 hours to 180 days in jail [up to 1 year in jail if BAC 0.15% or more], 90 days to 1-year license suspension, and an annual fee of $1,000 or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license. Possible ignition interlock restriction for not less than 50% of any supervision period.
- Second Office – Misdemeanor: up to $4,000 fine, 30 days to 1 year in jail, 1 to 2 years license suspension, and an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license. Possible ignition interlock restriction for not less than 50% of any supervision period.
- Third and Subsequent Offense – Felony: up to $10,000 fine, 2 years to 10 years in jail, 1 to 2 years license suspension, and an annual fee of $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000 for three years to retain driver license. Possible ignition interlock restriction for not less than 50% of any supervision period
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