Can I avoid license suspension on a DUI arrest in King County ?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 19:40 Wednesday, 12 May 2010 00:00
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When a person is arrested for DUI in King County they will be given a notice of a civil administrative lawsuit by the Department of Licensing. This is a legal action that will result in the suspension of the person’s driver’s license, permit or privilege, if they had a breath test of 0.08 or higher (0.02 or higher for drivers under 21 years of age) or if they allegedly refused a breath test. This suspension of the driver's license, permit or privilege to drive in Washington State may affect anyone arrested, even if they have a License from another State.
THE SUSPENSION IS AUTOMATIC IF THE PERSON DOES NOT REQUEST A HEARING AND PAY THE HEARING FEE (or request a fee waiver) WITHIN 20 DAYS OF THEIR ARREST(or 20 days after receiving notice of a blood test result). The license, permit or privilege to drive can be suspended for 90 DAYS, ONE YEAR, TWO YEARS OR MORE, depending on the person's driving history and whether there is an alleged refusal to submit to the test.
To request a hearing on line, see http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/hearingsrequest.html
There are ways to avoid the license suspension but YOU CAN NOT AVOID THE SUSPENSION IF YOU DO NOT REQUEST A HEARING WITHIN 20 DAYS. Winning administrative suspension cases isn't easy. The rules can make it difficult for the driver. But, while there are no guarantees, hiring an experienced attorney can improve your odds in a King County DUI arrest.
The Department of Licensing will also suspend a person’s license, permit or privilege to drive as a result of a criminal conviction.
To see the licensing penalties for a DUI conviction look here: www.dol.wa.gov/forms/551229.pdf
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