DWI Arrest Driver’s License Suspension
Attorney Cody Cofer will Fight Your Driver’s License Suspension
If you were arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or an offense under Section 106.041, Alcoholic Beverage Code you were likely asked to give a specimen of your breath and/or blood. If you provided a specimen, the breath or blood was or will be analyzed to determine the alcohol concentration or the presence of a controlled substance, drug, dangerous drug or other substance in your body. Your driver’s license MAY be suspended if the breath or blood alcohol level is 0.08 or more. That driver’s license suspension could be 90 days or more. The details of these laws should be discussed with your Criminal Defense Attorney.
If you refused to give breath or blood, your driver’s license, permit or privilege to operate a motor vehicle MAY be suspended or denied 180 days, whether or not the State even goes forward with you DWI charge. The driver’s license suspension is an administrative action that is separate from your DWI criminal case. If the State does go forward with your DWI charge and it goes to trial then the fact that you did the smart thing and refused the test will probably be presented to the judge or jury as evidence of your guilt.
If you are younger than 21 years of age and have any detectable amount of alcohol in your system, your license, permit or privilege to operate a motor vehicle MAY be suspended or denied for 60 days or more. If you’re under 21 and your test indicated a breath or blood alcohol level below 0.08 you will likely be charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence). Learn more about DUI by reading the DUI Attorney page.
If you have a CDL (commercial driver’s license) and you refuse to give breath or blood, or if the test results indicate that you have an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, you MAY be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for a period of not less than one year.
If you refused the DWI breath or blood test you likely received a Notice of Driver’s License Suspension. Regardless of whether the police followed proper procedure and provided you this notice, your license is likely going to be suspended unless you act quickly.
Why does the article say your license “MAY” be suspended?
Despite that the “warning” that the police read to you says your license WILL be suspended you still have a right to a hearing. At that hearing the State Office of Administrative Hearings Judge may determine you license should not be suspended. Although those hearings may be difficult to win, many times my clients avoid a license suspension. There are unique rules and laws with regard to administrative hearings. It’s very different from a “courtroom” style hearing and procedure. You need a DWI license suspension attorney that has a command of those laws and rules to give you the best chance of avoiding a license suspension. Contact Cody L. Cofer, Fort Worth DWI Driver’s License Suspension Attorney by calling (817) 810-9395 or ONLINE. Read more about driver’s license representation: ALR Hearing Attorney.
What do I do if my license does get suspended?
Sometimes a suspension is unavoidable. It is a hardship on anyone to have a license suspension. If you drive without a license you may find yourself facing another criminal charge that can lead to thousands of dollars in fines and even jail time. In many instances you may be able to get an “Essential Needs Driver’s License” or you may hear it called an “Occupational Driver’s License.” These permits allow you to drive certain hours for essential needs that you have for work or household duties. To get one of these permits before you have been convicted of DWI you must file a separate civil law suit to apply for an occupational/essential needs driver’s license. Cody Cofer is an attorney that can apply and fight to get one of these specialized driver’s licenses. Contact Cody L. Cofer, Fort Worth DWI Occupational License Attorney by calling (817) 810-9395 or ONLINE. Read more about driver’s license representation: Occupational License.
Contact Cody Cofer Today
If you are facing a driver’s license suspension hearing or have refused to take the blood test or breath test, Fort Worth DWI Attorney Cody Cofer will stand up for your rights. Contact us today online or by telephone at (817) 810-9395 to speak with an experienced Fort Worth, Texas, drunk driving (DWI, DUI) defense lawyer. For your convenience, Cody accepts credit cards and is available 24 hours per day. His law office is conveniently located in the Downtown Fort Worth two blocks from the criminal courts building and three blocks from the Tarrant County Jail.