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DWI 2nd License Suspension

"I was just arrested for DWI 2nd… what will this do to my license?"

The answer to this question in Texas is complex, and depends on many factors that are not known based on the question. I would need to know if you refused to submit to a breath test, and how recently you had "ALR Contact" and how recently your prior DWI Conviction was.

ALR Suspension

If you refused a breath test, and had prior ALR contact within 10 years, your license will be suspended for 2 years.

If you failed a breath test, and had prior ALR contact within 10 years, your license will be suspended for 1 year.

DWI 2nd Conviction

If you are convicted for DWI 2nd, and you last conviction was within 5 years, your license may be suspended for up to two years.

Occupational Drivers License – Waiting periods

One of the major pitfalls to a DWI 2nd conviction or ALR suspension is the Occupational Drivers License mandated waiting period. What this means, is that your must wait until your attorney can even file for an Occupational Drivers License (Hardship License) on your behalf.

If you have an Administrative Suspension (For refusal or failure), and a prior DWI within 5 years, the waiting period is 180 days. If you receive a DWI 2nd conviction, and your prior conviction is within 5 years of this case, THERE IS A 1 YEAR WAITING PERIOD!

..All the more reason to fight your DWI case.