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2 Separate License Suspensions for DUI in Washington State: Arrested for DUI & Convicted of DUI

Posted Tuesday, December 26, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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If you’ve been arrested under suspicion of DUI in Washington State you are understandably worried about what will happen to your license. You need to be aware of the two different ways in which your license is at risk when it comes to DUI charges in our state.

First, after an arrest for DUI your license may be administratively suspended by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). Second, after a conviction for DUI the DOL may suspend your driver license.

License Suspension After DUI Arrest

If you are arrested for DUI your license will be administratively suspended by the DOL unless you request a hearing to contest the suspension within 20 days of the date you were arrested. To avoid suspension the hearing examiner must rule in your favor.

If you fail to request a hearing with the DOL within 20 days of the date of your arrest, or the hearing examiner does not rule in your favor, your license will be suspended for 90 days to 2 years.

License Suspension After DUI Conviction

If you are convicted of DUI the DOL may suspend your driver license for 90 days to 4 years. The length of suspension is dependent on prior offenses and the severity of the incident for which you were charged. The suspension will take effect 45 days after the DOL receives notice of your DUI conviction from the court.

If your license was suspended after arrest, the length of that suspension will be credited toward any suspension time for the conviction. You have the right to request that the DOL review the accuracy of the information it receives from the court; however, you do not have the right to request a hearing with the DOL to contest a suspension resulting from a court conviction.

Getting a Restricted Driver License During License Suspension

In Washington State you may apply for an Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) while your license is suspended. Among other parameters, this type of license requires you to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed on any vehicle you drive during the length of the IIL.

Hire a Fierce Advocate to Help You Defend Against DUI Charges

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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