When a person is arrested for a DUI in Washington, there are two separate legal proceedings. In the first proceeding, a criminal charge is filed in municipal or district court. At the first appearance/arraignment the court will decide several critical issues. These issues include whether you will be incarcerated, required to post bail, or released on your own personal recognizance. The court may also determine whether you are allowed to drive and under what conditions.
The second proceeding involves a potential driver’s license revocation/suspension with the Washington State Department of Licensing. If a person refuses to take a breath test, or exceeds the legal limit their license may be suspended/revoked within 60 days following their arrest. In order to contest any DOL suspension, a person must request a hearing within 20 days following arrest.
In both of these situations, time is critical and an experienced DUI Attorney should be consulted immediately. We are available 24/7 so please call us now at 206-430-5521.