DUI License Suspensions: Don’t Get Caught by New Deadlines
Most drivers are surprised to hear that they could have their driver’s license suspended just for being arrested for a DUI, even if they are not convicted.
Moreover, with the new Department of Licensing deadline changes under HB 2700, you could have your driver’s license suspended simply because you did not request your hearing within the timeframe.
If you have been arrested, contact a DUI lawyer in Washington immediately. A DUI attorney can help you avoid conviction and also ensure you do not have your driver’s license suspended because of a missed deadline.
What Are the New DUI License Suspensions Deadlines?
The new deadlines for requesting a DOL hearing are confusing for many, and become more complicated if your suspension hearing is for a refusal to take a blood or breath test.
DUI License Suspensions guidelines:
- For a DUI Arrest: You must request the hearing with the DOL to contest your license suspension within 20 days of the arrest. This applies to those who refused a breathalyzer test at the time of their arrest as well. The fee is $375, but this may be waived if you qualify for poverty status.
- For a DUI Conviction: If convicted of a DUI, your driver’s license suspension starts 45 days after the conviction notice is received from the courts. You cannot request a hearing to stop the suspension, but you can attend a hearing or request an Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) to receive restricted license status and continue driving post-conviction.
If your driver’s license is suspended, the Department of Licensing can suspend for 90 days and up to four years. The amount of the suspension is determined by the severity of the incident and if it is your first-time driving under the influence, second, or if you have multiple DUI conviction.
Changes for DOL Hearings Soon to Come
Once HB 2700 takes full effect, you will no longer have 20 days to request your DOL hearing. Instead, the 20-day mark will be reduced to seven days. So, you will have only one week not only to hire a DUI lawyer in Washington but also prepare for your trial and save your driver’s license.
This is a very short timeframe for anyone to work with; therefore, it is in your best interest to retain a DUI attorney as soon as possible for assistance with your case, and any DOL deadlines you might have missed.
For assistance with your case, contact an experienced DUI lawyer in Washington at Bugbee Law Office, P.S. Call 24/7 for a consultation at 509-337-5082 or request a case evaluation online.
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