DUI is a very serious criminal charge, so it should come as no surprise that a conviction can lead to a suspension of your driving privileges. However, many people are unaware of the extent of this suspension, along with the fact that your license can be suspended even if the charges are dismissed. In this blog, our Seattle DUI attorneys discuss the numerous ways a DUI arrest can impact your license.
After a Seattle DUI Arrest
If you’ve been arrested under suspicion of DUI, your driver’s license will automatically be suspended for a period of at least 90 days, and potentially 2 years. Furthermore, this suspension doesn’t even kick in until 60 days after the date of the arrest, meaning you will be dealing with the consequences for years to come.
After a DUI arrest, it’s vital to act fast. You do have 20 days after the arrest to request a hearing, in which an examiner will look at your case and decide whether or not to uphold the suspension. Representation from a Seattle DUI defense attorney can go a long way in helping the examiner rule in your favor. If they do, your license will not be suspended unless you are convicted.
After Your First DUI Conviction
Regardless of the outcome of your license hearing, your driving privileges will be suspended if you are actually convicted of DUI. For a first-time offense, this suspension can last up to a year, and will typically be for 90 days at minimum.
Second or Subsequent DUI Conviction
If you are arrested for a second or third DUI in Seattle, the license suspension is just one of many penalties that will become far more serious. For a third DUI conviction, your license can be suspended for up to four years!
Is There Anything I Can Do to Stop the Suspension?
Hiring a quality Seattle DUI lawyer is the most important thing you can do to prevent or at least mitigate the suspension. By aggressively defending you against the DUI charges, your attorney can often work to get the charges dismissed altogether, or can often help you plea down to reduced charges. If you are convicted, you may be able to apply for a restricted “Ignition Interlock Driver License,” which allows you to drive a vehicle which has an ignition interlock device installed within.
Our skilled attorneys can defend you against DUI charges. Call our firm today at (206) 569-8995 to discuss your case in a free consultation.