DUI Lawyer | Battling A Washington Driver's License Suspension
Everyone is pretty much aware that facing a DUI charge is a tough thing to do. The deck is stacked against you and the potential punishment is high.
But did you know that in addition to the criminal consequences, in Washington State there are civil penalties too? Read on to find out from a Seattle
When groups like mothers against drunk driving got together and started making new laws against those charged with DUI, they wanted to hit people
where it hurt - their driver's license. Because of this, in Washington State, if you blow .08 or higher on a breath test, your driving privileges will be
automatically suspended. To fight that you (or your Seattle DUI lawyer) have to ask for a hearing and attack the finding in one of four ways.
The initial way to challenge a driver's license suspension for DUI is that the original traffic stop was no good. For instance, if you were driving down the
highway and your car crossed the fog line by 1-2 car lengths and creating no danger for anyone else, it is likely that you should not have been
stopped. If the stop is bad, everything else is out.
Next, if the stop is good, you can go after the arrest for DUI itself. Before you can be arrested for DUI the officer must have probable cause that you
are DUI. He can do this in many ways, but if he arrests you before that standard is met, the breath test is out, and you get to keep your driver's license.
If an analysis of the DUI arrest doesn't yield any good results, the third area of argument is the implied consent warnings. These warnings must be
given to you so that you understand the consequences of taking the test and of refusing the test. Sometimes these are given incorrectly. When they
are, it's a great thing for you.
The last thing you check to argue at the driver's license hearing is whether or not the test was administered correctly and whether or not the machine
was working the way it was supposed to. If either of those is untrue, then the test can't