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Will I Lose My License? DUI in Washington State

Posted Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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Facing criminal charges for a DUI is gut-wrenching. You’re likely reeling and not sure what to do or what consequences you may face. As for the question: Will I lost my license? The truth is: it depends. Every DUI case truly is unique, and if the charges cannot be beat or reduced to lesser charges, then consequences will depend on a number of factors, including any prior DUI’s.

What we can tell you with certainty is this: it is in your best interest to hire an experienced Washington DUI Criminal Defense Attorney immediately after arrest. Deadlines approach quickly and the longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to gather evidence in your favor. If you delay, the more difficult it will be to save your license.

Administrative License Suspension - 90 Days to 4 Years

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.

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.

If you refused to submit to a breath test your license will be automatically revoked for at least one year. (RCW 46.20.308(2)(a)). However, submitting to Field Sobriety Tests are strictly voluntary and refusal does not come with a mandatory, automatic license suspension.

DOL Administrative License Suspension vs. Court Ordered License Suspension

The DOL’s actions and any accompanying license suspension are completely independent from any criminal prosecution. However, if the DOL and the court suspend your license, the term will most likely run concurrently.

Court Ordered License Suspension

If you are convicted of DUI, your driver’s license will be suspended. If you had no prior DUI’s in the past 7 years, you could face a 90 day license suspension. If you are convicted of a second DUI offense, you could face a 2 year license suspension. In cases where there are multiple previous DUI’s, and depending on the severity of the incident, your license suspension will be for a longer period. The suspension will begin 45 days after your conviction.

And license suspension is not the only penalty you may be facing if you’re convicted of DUI. Penalties also include imprisonment and hefty fines. Further, even for first-time offenders there are mandatory minimum penalties that the judge must impose.

You Want the DUI Criminal Defense Attorneys of Padula & Associates By Your Side

Because the penalties for conviction can be harsh, contact us immediately after a DUI arrest. We will help you face your charges head-on and with confidence. When you hire the skilled DUI defense attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC, we will fight to prevent the interruption of your ability to drive.

Understand that every case is different. Our experienced DUI defense attorneys will be able to evaluate the evidence against you and pinpoint the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case that can be leveraged in your defense. Not every DUI can be beat, but we are able to eliminate or reduce most of them. Hiring an experienced DUI defense attorney can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.

Come meet with us for a free consultation to explore how we can help you. Our attorneys have outstanding reputations. Lizanne Padula is a tireless negotiator and a tenacious litigator. Padula & Associates, LLC will fiercely advocate on your behalf. For more than 20 years we have proudly defended the rights of people in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 or fill out this simple web form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced DUI defense attorney.