Request A License Hearing Right Away
The prospect of losing your driver’s license can be one of the most jolting things about a DUI arrest. For driver’s whose licenses have been suspended in connection with a drunk driving arrest, we at the Bartoletta Law Firm recommend requesting an administrative hearing before the Department of Licensing (Washington) or Idaho Transportation Department right away.
In Washington, you have only 20 days to request your administrative hearing. In Idaho, you have even less time, as you have to request your administrative hearing within seven days.
Your Administrative Hearing Can Restore Your Driving Privileges — And May Affect Your Criminal Case
Here’s why: What happens at an administrative hearing matters a great deal, and not only because it may restore your driving privileges in the short term. It can also have a significant impact on the outcome of your case in a criminal court.
Subpoenaing evidence and getting a sworn statement from the arresting officer as soon as possible for an administrative hearing can be critical. This step can provide the evidence that is needed to get an outstanding result before a prosecutor, judge and/or jury on the criminal side of your case such as:
- Case thrown out on technical reasons
- Charges reduced
- Penalties reduced
- No jail time
- No criminal record
Protect Your CDL | DUI License Suspension Can Put Your CDL At Risk — Even If You Are Arrested While Driving Your Private Car
Commercial driver’s operating personal vehicles have a strong incentive for zealously pursuing favorable outcomes at license hearings. If a driver’s license is suspended because of a DUI arrest, a commercial driver will lose his or her commercial driver’s license (CDL).
In sum, our lawyers’ overall philosophy about DUI defense on behalf of driver’s with CDLs or private driver’s licenses is to:
- Act quickly
- Aim for the most successful outcome
- Exhaust all possible technicalities that may get a case thrown out
- Explore every avenue that will maximize a client’s chance of winning at the administrative hearing
- Aggressively represent each client’s rights before a prosecutor, judge or jury
Contact The Bartoletta Law Firm For Help After A DUI Arrest
Learn why we advise our clients, “Request a license hearing right away,” and what that advice means in your case. Our experienced attorneys in Spokane, Washington, are prepared to represent you with confidence at an administrative hearing before the Department of Licensing. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 509-828-4232 or sending an email message.