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The DOL publishes the percentage of DOL hearing results every year and typically, according to the Department of Licensing, over 80% of all hearings are lost by petitioners (those requesting the hearings). This number is perhaps a little misleading as these results include those individuals you have contested their license suspension without the assistance of an experienced Skagit County DUI lawyer. However, the published results do indicate how difficult these hearings are to win. But do not be frightened by the government's sobering and perhaps even threatening information, you do have a legitimate chance to win and nearly as importantly, these hearings may prove to be invaluable to your Skagit County criminal defense. You do have the option at these hearings to subpoena the police officer in your case. This decision is typically the domain of your Skagit County DUI defense lawyer but should he or she chose to call the officer, the officer will be present and will be cross examined and interrogated by your criminal defense attorney.
Should you lose the hearing, which is clearly not the desire or intention, you will lose your driver's license for a minimum of 90 days (longer if you refused the breath test and longer still if this is not your first DUI arrest). If that happens you are able to request an ignition interlock license which will substitute for a regular driver's license and enable you to drive lawfully despite having lost the DOL hearing and your driver license privilege. In such a situation it is critical to act as soon as you hear of your DOL loss in order to have the Ignition Interlock License approved by the Department of Licensing prior to your date of suspension. In order to successfully obtain the Ignition Interlock License you must have installed an ignition interlock device, obtain SR 22 insurance, and complete and file the application (with $100). In the case of our clients, should we unfortunately lose the Department of Licensing hearing we immediately email complete details about how to obtain the license.
Following an arrest for DUI in Skagit County you may only have 20 days to keep your license. After your release from custody it is probable that the arresting officer may have given you a form entitled "DOL Driver's Hearing Request." This form is important as you must submit it to the Department of Licensing within 20 days of the date of arrest to challenge the DOL's suspension of your license. Importantly, this is only the case if your BAC was 0.080 or above (0.020 for a minor) or if you refused a breath or blood draw. In circumstances when you were not requested to provide a breath test but the Skagit County law enforcement officer obtained a search warrant, you need not submit this hearing request as a search warrant will not immediately trigger a suspension with the DOL. In such cases it is imperative you speak to a Skagit County DUI defense attorney to ensure you are proceeding correctly. Regardless, if you did submit to a breath test and the BAC was over 0.080 you have not time to waste - mail the DOL hearing request form within 20 days.
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Fantastic experience with David and his team. I thought life was over after I got my DUI and then received 2 more speeding tickets in the months that followed. David was able to get me awesome results, 2 of the 3 speeding tickets were thrown out, one of them was re-written as a non-insurance impacting ticket. My DUI was very well handed in the courts and the Department of licensing charges were dropped. Thanks!
- Michael, Anacortes, WA
Law Firm of David N Jolly
415 Pine St, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273, United States
The DOL Hearing costs $375, the application for the ignition interlock license costs $100, SR 22 insurance costs at least $800 a year for 3 years, and it costs $150 to reinstate your license.
The Department of Licensing is the Government and therefore frustrating to deal with. Be well advised and prepared.
You may need to install an ignition interlock device if you have a prior DUI arrest, lose your license at the DOL hearing or are convicted of DUI.
There are many ways you can lose your license in criminal courts - DUI, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run Attended and Driving While License Suspended will all suspend your license. In such cases you will be required to purchase SR 22 insurance for a 3 year period.
Losing your driver's license is simply never a good option but if you do you can still legally drive if you obtain an ignition interlock license.
You can save your driving privilege if you win the DOL Hearing or, if you successfully complete a Skagit County Deferred Prosecution.
To save your license you only have 20 days following your Skagit County DUI arrest. Complete and mail (certified) or apply online for a DOL hearing. Do this timely!