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New Department of Licensing Hearing Rules Take Effect on January 1, 2019.

Posted by Andrea Robertson on Dec 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Under a new law which takes effect on January 1, 2019, you have only SEVEN days to request a hearing with the Department of Licensing before you lose the opportunity to challenge the civil suspension, so you must act quickly!

In order to protect your privilege to drive in the State of Washington, you must request a hearing within 7 days of the DUI or Physical Control related arrest.  If you do nothing, your suspension/revocation will automatically take effect 30 days from your arrest.

This hearing request form must be submitted online or by mail and must include a $375 fee for the DOL to accept this submission.  If you can qualify as "indigent" you can request to waive that fee.  Click Here for more information from DOL about requesting a hearing.

If blood was drawn during your processing, this may (or may not) lengthen the period of time to request a hearing, and it is important for an attorney to advise you about the specifics of when you must act to contest your license suspension.  Please contact our firm if you have recently been arrested and need to request a hearing to contest your license suspension or revocation.

Please note that if you have not had time or resources to retain an attorney before that important 7 day deadline, you can always request a hearing yourself without specifying an attorney, and an attorney can become involved soon thereafter.  But you should act fast either way, as there is very little time for an attorney to get up to speed to defend you.

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Andrea Robertson

Andy is a passionate, creative and effective criminal defense lawyer who is willing to fight on your behalf. She has honed her skills since 1998, and has developed a proven track record of creative, vigorous, and effective advocacy for clients throughout the State of Washington. Her practice includes all criminal charges. This includes felonies, misdemeanors, and driving-related charges such as DUI or vehicular assault/homicide.

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