Attorney for Texas Administrative Hearings

Advocacy from a Houston Criminal Defense Lawyer

An administrative hearing is conducted by The Department of Public Safety through the State Office of Administrative Hearings. During these hearings, you will be in front of a judge and will be required to present your side of the case during the proceedings. No matter what issue at the center of the hearing, it is important to retain legal representation from a Houston criminal defense attorney. If you're facing an occupation license hearing, your career may be at risk.

Administrative hearings can impose sanctions such as:

  • The suspension of a driver's license
  • The suspension of a professional or occupational license
  • The suspension of certain types of permits
  • Monetary penalties

Our Houston criminal defense lawyer can help you prepare for your hearing. Call (713) 489-2009 to request a free case review.

Protection Order Hearings

If you request a protection order hearing, you will have an opportunity to explain why the protection order against you should be denied. By gathering as much information and documentation possible related to the events described in the original application, we can help you prepare a strong case to contest the order. Both sides will get the opportunity to testify in court and explain why the judge should or should not grant the protection order.

Mental Competency Hearings

A competency hearing can be used in criminal law to determine whether or not a person is competent to stand trial. You must be deemed competent in order to aid in your own defense. If you are declared incompetent you cannot enter a plea to a criminal charge or be tried for it. We can walk you through the preparation of the hearing and represent you during the hearing itself.

Expunctions and Petitions for Non-Disclosure

Even if your criminal case was dismissed or you were found not guilty, the arrest and the crime will show up if someone does a criminal history check. An expunction wipes away any record of arrest / any criminal charges filed against you.

If you cannot get your record expunged, you may be eligible for an order of non-disclosure. This allows your criminal history to only be disclosed to law enforcement. After you have successfully completed a deferred probation, you can file a petition for an order of nondisclosure.

An expunction or non-disclosure order can be obtained by filing a petition stating the reasons for your request. You will then have to present adequate proof at a hearing on the petition. The petition must be filed in the same court where the original case was tried.

After the petition is filed, the court must set a hearing on the matter at least 30 days from the filing of the petition. You, the petitioner, will be responsible for paying the required notice and filing fees. The hearing date will be set 45 days after the date of filing the petition.

ALR Hearings

ALR hearings allow drivers to contest the revocation and suspension of their driver's license after a DUI arrest. After you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, you have 15 days from your arrest date to request an ALR hearing, or your license will be automatically suspended on the 40th day after your arrest.

After your regular driver's license has been revoked, you may also be ineligible to apply for a commercial driver's license for a period of time.

While an ALR hearing is separate from a criminal matter, it is important because:

  • It can help you craft a proper DUI defense
  • It can help you keep your driving privileges

During the hearing, the state must prove that there was probable cause to suspend your license. Were you driving in a public place while intoxicated? Were you were placed under arrest and informed of the consequences of refusing a chemical test? Did your test register a BAC level of .08 or higher? If the state is unable to establish these factors, you may have your driver's license suspension overturned.

Find out how our Houston Criminal Defense Attorney can help!

No matter what administrative hearing you are facing or the reasons for the hearing, you can count on our Houston criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC to assist you. Get in touch with our office to request a complimentary consult today - call (713) 489-2009!

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