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Charged with DUI, What You Need to Know

Posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you have recently been arrested for or charged with DUI in Washington State, this following is what you need to know right now.

Go to a Hospital and Request a Blood Test

If you are reading this within a few hours of your arrest: go to a Hospital and request a blood test for alcohol and/or drugs. Do not drive yourself, get a ride to the Emergency Room. Do not sign a release for anyone else to see these results. Do not inform the arresting Officer that you are getting a blood test. We can use these results later to compare to your breath test results in order to asses accuracy.

You Have 20 Days to Request a Hearing From the Department of Licensing

You only have 20 days to request an administrative hearing from the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). After an arrest for suspected DUI, the 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 should have been given a form telling you this, but even if you were not, 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 our firm 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. 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.

If Criminal Charges Have Not Yet Been Filed, They Will Be

Understand that if you were released without criminal charges being filed against you, do not assume charges will never be filed. Many counties (especially King County) take months to file charges. Do not wait until you receive notice of your criminal charges to contact a DUI Defense Attorney.

Consult with a DUI Defense Attorney Immediately

It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Washington DUI Criminal Defense Attorney immediately. After a DUI arrest deadlines approach quickly and the longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to gather evidence in your favor. We invite you to meet with us for a free case evaluation - call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366.

The skilled DUI defense attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC are experienced in all aspects of DUI defense. We will help you face your charges head-on and 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.

Come meet with us for a free case evaluation. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366, email us at, or fill out our online free consultation form today.