Once you’re charged with a DWI, you may wonder how this will affect your driver’s license. That’s why the Administrative License Hearing (ALR) is so important. What Is an ALR Hearing? After you’re charged with a DWI, you can request an ALR hearing from the Texas Department of Public Safety within 15 days of your arrest. The purpose of this hearing is to defend your license suspension so that you can drive while you wait for your DWI hearing. Otherwise, your license suspension starts 40 days after your arrest. At the hearing, a lawyer can ask questions of witnesses, and the hearing officer will review anything submitted, such as medical records. It’s always best to have an experienced Austin DWI attorney to help you, since there are so many nuances to DWI law. Furthermore a good DWI attorney will use the ALR hearing in order to pin the officer down on his/her testimony and then use that testimony to get a good result in the criminal case. If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, call (281) 743-0016 today. Don’t wait; you’ll need to request your hearing as soon as possible.