Drivers License Suspension After A DWI Arrest

Drivers License Suspension After A DWI Arrest

Charlie discusses driver’s license suspension in Texas and how a DWI works in Texas.


Q: What are the main reasons for driver's license suspension in Texas following a DWI arrest?

A: In Texas, your driver's license can be suspended for two primary reasons related to a DWI arrest:

a. Administrative suspension by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for blowing over 0.08 BAC or refusing to take a breath or blood test.

b. Suspension as a result of a criminal case proceeding.

2. Can you avoid a license suspension if your BAC is below 0.08?

A: Yes, if you voluntarily submit to a breath or blood test and the result is under 0.08 BAC, DPS will not suspend your license.

Q: What happens if you refuse to take a breath or blood test in Texas?

A: Refusing to take a breath or blood test in Texas typically results in an automatic license suspension by DPS. However, there's an opportunity to contest this suspension through an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing.

Q: Are there different arrest scenarios for DWI based on age and circumstances in Texas?

A: Yes, DWI arrest scenarios in Texas vary depending on the driver's age, location of the stop, and test results. Drivers under 21 with a BAC of 0.02% or higher, and drivers over 21 with a BAC of 0.08% or higher will face arrest and potential license suspension.

Q: What are the different scenarios for driver's license suspension following a DWI arrest in Texas?

A: The four scenarios for license suspension after a DWI arrest in Texas are:

a. Immediate administrative suspension by a law enforcement officer.

b. Administrative suspension after a DWI conviction (for first, second, and third offenses).

c. Suspension only if court-ordered as part of the punishment. d. No administrative suspension is possible after a DWI arrest.