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What Happens Next After A DWI Arrest?
There are usually both Motor Vehicle & Court
Proceedings required when a DWI or Drunk Driving citation has been issued.
A Summary of Texas Administrative License Suspension Laws DWI and "Administrative License Revocation"
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|What happens after a DWI arrest in Texas?
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 requests 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.
If you have been arrested and released for a misdemeanor DWI, you will be given a date to return to court (usually 30 days after your arrest). If you hire an attorney, the attorney can usually make this appearance for you, so that you do not have to attend. During this 30 day period, the case is sent to the County Attorney's office for further investigation. The County Attorney then prepares an information and files this with the County Clerk, and your case is set on the court's docket.
Your dwi lawyer will discuss your case with the County Attorney to discuss the best possible resolution of your case. This conference will happen about 8-10 weeks after your 1st Appearance date.
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 conference.
You may either request a bench trial wherein the court hears the case or a jury trial wherein a jury of your peers hears the case. 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 and fines.
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