DUI suspended license hearing – Recent Legal Changes
Have you been arrested for a DUI or DWI? You probably received a stack of papers from the arresting police officer after you left the station. Pay attention to this paperwork, because one of those papers is a Request for a DOL Hearing. In most situations, the Department of Licensing will suspend your license because of the DUI arrest. This can arise from blowing above a .08 or from refusing the breath test. You have a right to challenge this license suspension and if your vehicle was impounded. It helps to have a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side.
Washington recently changed the law regarding DOL hearings. The DOL now gives you 7 days from your arrest to request a license suspension hearing. The DOL charges you $375 to request this hearing. It is important to keep this time window in mind, because if you do not request a DOL hearing, then your license suspension takes effect 30 days after the arrest date.
What happens in a DOL licensing hearing? A hearing examiner typically considers whether the officer made a lawful arrest for a DUI and whether his/her decision to arrest was based on legally obtained evidence. Once arrested, the officer must do several things correctly during the breath test process – from advising you of your rights and making sure you understand all your options, to administering a proper breath sample on a working machine. Numerous technicalities go into this process where a good DUI defense attorney can assist.
At Carley Legal Services, we can help. We provide experienced legal counsel for your licensing needs. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
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