Department of Licensing 

Spokane Department of Licensing Attorney

If you have been arrested for DUI, not only will you be subject to a criminal case, but you will also have to deal with the Department of Licensing (DOL) concerning license suspension. This also applies to those who have refused to take a chemical test when being stopped on suspicion of DUI or individuals who have been deemed habitual traffic offenders. Other DOL matters can include financial responsibility actions, where the DOL seeks to suspend your license based on failure to pay the costs associated with a traffic collision where you were deemed to be the operator or owner of one of the involved vehicles. Frequently, you are unaware the accident has even occurred: your name might still be listed as a legal owner of that vehicle due to failure to transfer the title to a new owner, being a co-signer on a car loan, or allowing a family member to use the vehicle.

If you are facing a potential license suspension for any reason, you can turn to Clark Law, P.L.L.C. for DOL advice and guidance. Our attorney handles DUI cases from start to finish, including DOL hearings, traffic infraction cases, other violations that can lead to suspension. A license suspension can deeply impact your life. Our firm will work diligently to prepare an effective defense on your behalf and give you the best chance of a positive outcome with the DOL.

Need to save your license? Contact our Spokane Department of Licensing lawyer online or at (509) 800-5420 for a free initial consultation.

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License suspensions can occur for many reasons, including too many traffic tickets on your driving record, as the result of being convicted for driving on a suspended license in another state, as part of the punishment for a misdemeanor or felony crime, or as the result of a DUI case. 

In DUI cases, you will need to request a DOL hearing within 7 days from arrest, or you will forfeit your right to challenge the automatic suspension. The suspension will likely go into effect within 30 to 60 days. When complying with the deadline, your license will not be suspended until the hearing takes place and the DOL makes its decision. The hearing is done by phone. During the hearing, you will be allowed to present testimony, witnesses, and evidence. Your attorney will also be able to bring in the officer who arrested you for cross-examination.

Plenty of preparation is needed to present an effective case to the hearing officer if you wish to retain your license. Our attorney can thoroughly investigate the details of your situation to accomplish this task and build your case. 

Hearing officers can take days or months to deliver their decisions. If your hearing officer rules against you, your license will be suspended for 90 days unless your DUI was a second or subsequent offense, or if you refuse to provide a breath sample. If you do not prevail at the hearing, you have the option of making an appeal or installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle to be able to drive on a probationary license during your suspension, called an Ignition Interlock Restricted License. This would also require obtaining SR-22 auto insurance. 

For a free consultation, call (509) 800-5420 or send us a message.

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