Bellevue DUI Defense Attorneys
Your DUI Case Is Really Two Cases for One Arrest
Many people do not realize until it is too late that a Washington State DUI arrest creates not one but two separate cases. Not only do drivers have to deal with criminal prosecution in the criminal courts, but they also have a simultaneous case with the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL).
At Veitch Ault & Associates, we understand the ins and outs of Washington State DUI cases and how to defend you and your best interests. We will fight for your right to a fair trial, ensure all your legal documents are processed correctly and on time, and will help you uphold your rights throughout the duration of your case. Our Bellevue DUI defense attorneys have helped hundreds of clients successfully resolve their cases throughout Washington and look forward to doing what we can for you.
What Happens After a DUI Arrest?
After being arrested for a DUI, the state’s Department of Licensing (DOL) initiates an immediate suspension action against your driving privileges completely independent of your court case.
A police officer should give you a DOL Hearing Request Form at the time of your arrest and release. You must request a DOL hearing within seven days (including holidays and weekends). However, in the event the seventh day falls on a weekend or holiday, the following weekday would be the deadline.
If you do not request your hearing in a timely manner, your license will be automatically suspended or revoked. If you do not prevail at the DOL hearing, your license will be automatically suspended or revoked even though your criminal case has not concluded. If you had a valid license prior to your arrest, you can keep driving while the outcome from your DOL hearing and the criminal court is pending.
The DOL hearing will take place over the phone between a Department of Licensing hearing examiner and you and your attorney, though you may be able to request an in-person hearing under certain circumstances. The DOL hearing will occur within 60 days of your arrest.
Penalties for a DUI in Washington State
DUI penalties can include:
- Jail time,
- Electronic home monitoring,
- Ignition interlock,
- Community service,
- Fines and fees,
- Treatment for substance abuse,
- And more.
Your attorney can fully explain the likelihood of any of these penalties regarding your particular case. Please contact our office for a complimentary consultation.
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