The Importance of DOL Hearings after a DUI Arrest

Following a DUI arrest in Washington, the impending criminal charge will be at the forefront of your mind. However, did you know your court case is not the only hearing you need to arrange? It is also your responsibility to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing. If you want to have any chance of avoiding a suspended or revoked license, this hearing is absolutely necessary.

As you most likely will retain a lawyer, it is very important that you communicate with your attorney regarding your status with the Department of Licensing, especially if you don’t seek counsel right away.

It may take a while to choose your lawyer. However, you only have 20 days from the time of your arrest to request your DOL hearing. After 20 days, you lose your right to fight the suspension of your license. It is imperative you are proactive in this respect.

Unfortunately, hearings at the DOL are not easy to win. The procedure is set up making it easy for you to lose. Do not try to fight it alone. Having a lawyer advise you and attend the hearing can go a long way to helping you reduce or eliminate the period of time your license is suspended or revoked.