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DWI Arrest / Defense Attorneys
What happens after a DWI
Arrest in Texas?
Stephen Hamilton, P.C. Lubbock Texas Criminal Defense Attorney
When you have been arrested for DWI or have a DUI arrest in Texas, there are usually
both Motor Vehicle and Court Proceedings
1. Administrative License Revocation:
To preserve your right to drive in Texas, you must request a hearing within 15
days of when you were served with a Notice of Suspension (usually the date of
arrest). If you timely requested a hearing to contest your license suspension,
you will be able to continue driving until the hearing. If you lose at the
hearing, you can not drive after the hearing. It is our opinion you should
request the officer's presence at the hearing. Crucial defenses can be developed
at the hearing. If your license is suspended at the hearing, you may be able to
secure an occupational license to drive.
This is your initial court date. It will either be noted on your bond release or
you will be notified by mail when to appear (usually about 30 to 60 days after
arrest). This hearing is primarily for advisement of rights. If you have an
attorney, he will advise you.
3. Pre-trial Conference:
Your attorney will discuss your case with the District Attorney and negotiate
the best possible plea bargain. This conference will happen about 6 weeks after
arraignment. This is usually after the driver's license hearing (ALR). The date
is set by the Court and your attorney on his calendar.
4. Suppression Hearing:
The Court may suppress some or all of the evidence against you if your
constitutional rights have been violated. Your attorney will file motions to
suppress. It occurs anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months after the pre-trial
You may either request a bench trial wherein the court hears the case or a jury
trial. If the case is a misdemeanor, the trial will be to a jury of six. If the
case is a felony, the jury will be to a jury of twelve.
The Court imposes a sentence after a conviction at trial or after a plea bargain
is accepted and a plea entered. Sentences may include jail time, numerous fees,
fines, community service, alcohol classes.
If you or a loved one have been arrest for drunk driving, you donít need to face it all alone. Please call and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience, as
a skilled Lubbock DWI criminal defense attorney located in Lubbock, Texas, we offer a free initial consultation so we may discuss the criminal charges
against you and what options are available to you. To assist you financially in paying any attorney fees, we offer flat rate fees and flexible payment plans that
will allow you to hire us as your DWI criminal defense lawyers so that we can start immediately to protect your rights. Call us today at
(806) 794-0394 for a free consultation and see how we can help with your case.
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