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DOL License Suspension

You have three options when facing a DOL Suspension

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Contest the Suspension and Apply for a DOL Hearing

Apply for an Ignition Interlock License to drive legally during your suspension.

Not Drive at all during your suspension

Washington State DUI License Suspension Facts

If you have been arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and it was determined that:

  • You tested over the legal limit for alcohol, marijuana or drugs.
  • Or accused of refusing a breath or blood test.

Your license will be subject to an administrative suspension or revocation on the 30th day following your arrest.

The length of the suspension depends on several factors.  In fact, the department of licensing will revoke or suspend your driver’s license even if your DUI criminal charge is never filed or is dismissed in court.

You only have 7 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing.

After the 7 days, you will automatically lose your right to request a hearing.  Thirty days from the date of your arrest, you may lose your license, if the officer submitted a report to the Department of Licensing (DOL).  Even if the court appointed a public defender to represent you in your criminal case, you will not have an attorney appointed by any court to represent you against the DOL.   If you want to fight the suspension, call us today!

Deciding to apply for a DOL Hearing is an important decision for those arrested on suspicion of a DUI.  Follow our guide here on how to properly request a hearing.

Interested in learning how you can drive legally without requesting a hearing?  Click here to learn more.

Why is it Important to Secure Legal Representation?

  • DOL hearings are nearly impossible to win without the assistance of an attorney or the knowledge of technical requirements.
  • You may think your situation will cause the DOL to give you an exception because of the extreme difficulty a suspension or revocation would pose to you and your family.
  • However, lack of criminal history, medical hardships, or a lack of community transportation services have no impact on your ability to keep your driver’s license. 
  • When it comes to the DOL, there are no negotiations or reductions that affect this decision.
  • For this reason, the hearing is the most pivotal point that determines whether you can retain your license.
  • Because the hearing is such an important part of the defense process, it is crucial you request assistance from a highly skilled Washington DUI defense lawyer immediately.

How Long is Your License Suspended for DUI?

For Persons accused of DUI or Physical Control
  • 90-Day administrative suspension if you took the breath test and the result was over .08 or a blood test and the THC result was 5 nanograms or higher, and this was the first DUI within 7 years.
  • One-year administrative suspension if you refused to submit to a breath or blood test, and this is the first DUI within 7 years.
  • Two-year administrative suspension if you took the breath or blood test and this is the 2nd or subsequent DUI arrest (The DOL has suspended or revoked your license following a DUI or Physical Control arrest within 7 years)

For Person accused of DUI Under the age of 21

  • 90-Day administrative suspension for the first offense, where an officer reports to the DOL that the under-aged person was driving or in physical control of a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana or any drug, and a blood test shows any marijuana or alcohol above a .02.
  • One-year administrative suspension for the first offense, where an officer reports to the DOL that the under-aged person was driving or in physical control of a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana or any drug and refused to submit to a breath or blood test.
  • Two-year administrative revocation (or until age 21, whichever is greater) if its is the second or subsequent offense where an officer reports to the DOL that the under-aged person was driving or in physical control of a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana or any drug, and a blood test shows any marijuana or a breath test above .02, or the person refused to submit to a breath or blood test.

At Callahan Law, P.S., Inc. our DUI Lawyers tackle tough issues for our clients every day, so don’t hesitate to schedule a free initial case appointment.

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