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The DUI 20 day Rule explained by a Bellevue DUI attorney at John T Law

Posted by John M. Tymczyszyn | Oct 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you are arrested for a DUI in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond or anywhere in the State of Washington then you have 20 days from the day of your arrest to contest your license suspension and hire a Bellevue DUI lawyer.

Additionally, the request must be made in writing. A Bellevue DUI attorney may file the request for you and the request must include a $375.  Once the request is made the DOL has 60 days to hold a hearing.  My general strategy is to mail or file the hearing request on the 19th or 20th day.  Because DOL only has 60 days to hold the hearing, I give them as little notice as possible.  Many times the DUI attorney and the client do not have to attend a hearing, if the DOL is backed up and does not hold the hearing within the 60 day period then DOL cannot hold a hearing.

The expenses associated with having your drivers license suspended can be great.  For a first time offense you will automatically lose your license for 90 days.  If a petitioner does want to drive during the 90 day period they must:

1. Complete a Interlock License Application and pay a fee

2. Have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle; and

3. Obtain expensive SR-22 insurance.

By completing these three tasks a petitioner can drive during the suspension period.  The problem is that there are some obvious costs and drawbacks associated with these three items.  The best bet is to get a Bellevue DUI attorney within the first 20 days of getting a DUI.  If you wait longer than 90 days to retain an DUI attorney then you may automatically have your drivers license suspended and be unable to drive.

You can read more about the process here:  http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/dui.html

Or by calling my office and speaking directly to a qualified Bellevue DUI lawyer.

You can learn more by visiting our DUI WEBPAGE or by calling JOHN T LAW at (425) 830-7520.

About the Author

John M. Tymczyszyn

Attorney John T. is a third generation Washingtonian, Navy Veteran and criminal defense attorney.

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