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License Suspension After DUI Arrest, Washington Department of Licensing

Posted Monday, August 28, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you have been arrested for a DUI you may be reeling from worries and confusion about what to do next. It may not feel like it right now, but you will survive this experience. We are here to make sure that you do. If you’re reading this, even after hours, call us – we will answer – (425) 883-3366.

Automatic License Suspension After DUI Arrest - Washington State

After an arrest for suspected DUI, the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) will suspend your license administratively, unless:

• You request a hearing to contest the suspension within 20 days of the date you were arrested, and

• The hearing examiner decides in your favor.

You must request a hearing with the DOL within 20 days of your arrest. If you do not request a hearing within 20 days, or the hearing examiner does not rule in your favor, your license will be suspended for 90 days to 2 years. The length of this administrative suspension depends upon any prior offenses and the severity of the incident in question.

You should have been given a form explaining the above. However, even if you did not receive such a form, you will still be held to this deadline. If you miss this deadline, the administrative suspension from the DOL will go into effect 60 days after your arrest and you will have lost your ability to fight this action.

When you hire Padula & Associates, LLC to defend you against allegations of DUI, we will guide you through the DOL process and we will ensure your hearing request is submitted on time. It is imperative that you contact us as soon as possible after an arrest so we can request the necessary hearing within 20 days and ensure your rights are protected. Do not wait until you receive notice of your criminal charges. Your criminal case and this administrative DOL action are separate. Waiting for the criminal charges to be filed may hurt your ability to challenge the DOL action.

A DUI arrest does not immediately eliminate your ability to drive. Although after arrest your license may have a hole punched in it. You can still drive. However, you should have received a slip of paper from the Officer that you need to carry with your license in order for your license to be valid. Also, as noted above: you must request a hearing from the DOL within 20 days of your arrest or your license will be automatically suspended.

When you hire the skilled DUI defense attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC, we will fight to prevent the interruption of your ability to drive. We understand how stressful your situation can be, and we will explain and defend your rights. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of criminal defense, and we will help you face your charges with confidence. For over 20 years, Padula & Associates, LLC has been serving the people of King County, Snohomish County, and throughout Washington State with aggressive and effective criminal defense.

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