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- A DUI conviction can affect you and your family in many ways, including license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time.
What happens at a DOL Hearing? What are my rights at the DOL Hearing? What happens at a hearing?
The Hearing Officer from the Department of Licensing will begin by going on the record. This means the tape recorder will be turned on and the hearing will start. All hearings are tape-recorded, and may be conducted by telephone.
The Hearing Officer will announce the hearing, review the issues to be decided, and identify the prepared exhibits (such as a copy of the police report). You may object to the admission of evidence or testimony. If you object, the Hearing Officer will decide whether to admit that evidence or testimony.
The Hearing Officer will swear in all witnesses and listen to the testimony. You may testify, present evidence, cross-examine any of the state's witnesses, and bring your own witnesses.
The Hearing Officer will review the evidence and make a decision about the proposed administrative action. This review may take up to 4 weeks or longer from the date of the hearing. If your license is otherwise valid, a temporary license will be extended until you receive the Hearing Officer's decision.
If the Hearing Officer decides in your favor, the proposed action will be dismissed. If the Hearing Officer does not decide in your favor, the proposed suspension or revocation will take effect.
You will receive written notification about the effective date and the length of the suspension or revocation, as well as information on how to reinstate your driving privileges following the suspension or revocation. The decision may be appealed through Superior Court and information about the appeal process is included in the notification letter.
What are my legal rights?
- You have the right to be represented by an attorney at your own expense, or you may represent yourself. If you have a court appointed attorney, they will ordinarily not represent you at the administrative hearing.
- You may request that we subpoena the arresting officer or other witnesses to appear at the hearing. We will contact the Hearing Officer at least two weeks before your hearing if you wish to have a witness subpoenaed.
- You may question the witnesses that appear.
- You may review the police report or other documents submitted as evidence.
- You may present evidence, call your own witnesses, and testify on your own behalf.
- The Department will provide an interpreter if you request one.
What if I disagree with the decision? Can I appeal?
Yes, you have the right to appeal to the superior court in the county where you were arrested.
The Seattle DUI lawyers at Lovik & Juhl, PLLC are dedicated to helping people facing DUI charges throughout King County, including all King County District Courts and Municipal Courts in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, and all surrounding communities.
For most people charged with a DUI, it is their first contact with the legal system. Once you contact our Seattle DUI lawyers, we will take over your case and begin taking steps to defend you from day one.
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