If you are stopped on suspicion for driving under the influence (DUI), the potential criminal consequences are only part of the problem. The administrative component of your case has the potential to impact your life just as much — maybe even more — than the criminal component due to the suspension of your driver's license.
The State of Washington will come after you administratively in order to suspend your license if you are arrested for DUI or refuse to submit to roadside testing. IMPORTANT: You must fight the hearing. Failure to do so will guarantee the loss of your license for a minimum of 90 days and perhaps longer. The first step in saving your license is to speak to a knowledgeable defense lawyer about your situation.
The Modern Day Scarlet Letter
The problem with how DUI cases are handled by law enforcement and civil agencies is that even if it turns out that the police had no right to pull you over, they will take every opportunity to damage your reputation.
For example, if you do not fight your license suspension and lose your license, it is highly likely the only way you'll be able to drive is if you have an ignition interlock device installed on your car. Not only is that expensive, it can harm your reputation. If you depend on your car to make a living, having an ignition interlock device can be quite embarrassing. If you drive a company car as part of your job, can you imagine having to explain to your boss that you will need an interlock device?
What can be done to avoid this modern day scarlet letter? As your attorney, I will focus on challenging the facts at your license suspension hearing in an effort to avoid even having to consider options such as the interlock device. If you are facing the loss of your license, the best defense is a great offense.
If you have been stopped for DUI, the time to act is now in order to avoid losing your license. Contact my Bellevue office today for your no-cost assessment.