What Should I Do If My Drivers License is Suspended?


If you’re caught operating a motor vehicle on public roadways while your TDL is suspended you’ll be taken to jail immediately.

Anyone arrested for a Houston DWI related offense will face some form of license revocation or suspension with the strictness of the conditions being largely based on the severity of the offense, and any previous related criminal convictions.

Attorney Tad A. Nelson sees this type of situation as the best time to start fighting the charge and defending yourself. Also, you’ll only have a limited time frame in which to attempt to thwart the suspension your license via an “ALR” hearing. Fighting the suspension of your Texas Driver License will increase the probability of us beating the Houston DWI charge later.


Can I Get A Lawyer for My ALR Hearing?

Yes you can. In fact, we strongly recommend it. An experienced DWI lawyer serving as your chief advocate in the courts guarantees that you’re using the best strategy for dealing with such a sensitive situation. Having the right to drive is important in Houston, the last thing you’ll need is your Texas Driver License suspended. It may result in jail.

Experienced legal representation also helps at avoiding the costly mistakes that are apparent when attempting to represent one’s self, or when being represented by a novice. Even lawyers subjected to criminal accusations decline to represent themselves in court.

Is My Texas Driver License Suspended if it’s Confiscated by Police?

The only time HPD or any other law enforcement agency will (generally) take your Texas Driver License is if you refused consent to a blood draw. If they took your license it isn’t immediately suspended.

However, if you’re stopped by HCSO or HPD, and don’t have your license on you while driving, you’ll likely be taken to jail for identification purposes in which matters can only escalate for a negative end.

Your Texas Driver License isn’t officially suspended until you receive, by mail, an official letter titled “Notice of Suspension”. Once you get this notice you’ll have roughly 15 days to challenge the suspension via a process referred to as an ALR (Administrative License Revocation) hearing.

If you neglect to challenge the suspension of your driving privilege it will take effect within roughly 30-40 days of the date on the Notification of Suspension letter.

What Options Do I Have If I’m Arrested for Drunk Driving?

Although the situation may seem hopeless, you have a few options available to you if you were arrested for DWI in Houston. The main options you’ll have are as follows;

  • Your legal team can fight for a full dismissal of the charges against you.
  • Your DWI lawyer can attempt to strike a deal with Harris County prosecutors by using your plea as a bargaining tool.
  • Your defense attorney can take the case to a full blown courtroom jury trial.

If you’re arrested for DWI in Houston then you’ll likely be forced by the judge to seek and retain legal counsel for your case. When you’re represented by an experienced legal team it greatly raises your chases of either beating the Houston DWI charge outright, or drastically reducing the detrimental factors in the aftermath of the conclusion of your case.

The legal team of Houston DWI Lawyer Tad A. Nelson, led by ACS/CHAL Lawyer Scientists Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock, are frank when leveling with people about the truth regarding their case. Even though they’ve won some seemingly impossible cases, they’ll be upfront with you about which direction we think is best for your case.