This is my first DWI, and as of now my main goal is being able to drive back and forth from LA to Houston( I work in Houston) Do I need a lawyer for this? I do not have a whole lot of extra income at the moment, although I seem not to qualify for a court attorney because of my annual salary. Advice welcome
You MUST WIN your ALR because you will lose your license otherwise. A restricted license (ODL) is no good outside of Texas, so you will be unable to drive legally from LA to Houston. You cannot win an ALR without an experienced DWI/ALR attorney to have any chance of winning the ALR hearing. There are no appointed attorneys available for ALR, even if you qualified. Bottom line, you obviously underestimated the cost of alcohol consumption. The tax on alcohol, thanks to MAAD is extremely high and it is now being leveraged on you in the form of attorney's fees, court costs, fines and other costs. Ugly but true. Quit thinking that you can do any of this without the right attorney and start paying these costs.
You should definitely hire a lawyer. You need one for the DWI, and it may be that your lawyer will want to use the ALR hearing to gather evidence.
If you do not win the ALR, you will have a difficult time with your license situation because of living in another state. In fact, it will be impossible.
If you took the breath test and failed (and are over 21), the loss is for 3 months. If you refused the breath test, the loss is for 6 months.
If you get probation on the DWI, you will not lose your license again but you will have to take a course. If you take a final conviction, then you will lose your license again.
You need to be talking to a Texas lawyer.
You need a lawyer immediately. You need one for the ALR which hopefully has already been requested as you only have 15 days from date of notice of suspension (arrest) to request. The ALR is a chance to keep your license and also to get info about the state's case against you.
Further, you need to prepare a defense to the DWI with a lawyer. An attorney can possibly help you with an Occupational DL but the fact that you live in LA and drive to Houston is going to complicate things. I suggest calling a Houston DWI attorney asap. Ms Henley above is an excellent attorney and you would be smart to give her a call.
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