Conviction for a DUI in the State of Washington brings with it many penalties. One of the more significant penalties is the loss of driving privileges. The inability to drive is an inconvenience for some. For others, long-time DUI defense attorneys have found that a loss of driving ability can eventually be responsible for loss of employment as well. To prevent the loss of driving privileges, anyone arrested for DUI should enlist the help of skilled lawyers from experienced DUI law firms who can challenge DUI charges and prevent conviction when possible, helping a person retain their driver's license.
Loss of License Can Mean Loss of Employment
A driver’s license is an important necessity for most people in today's world. It provides them with a means for everything from running errands to getting back and forth to work. In some circumstances, such as employees who drive for a living, a driver’s license is even more important. When someone is arrested and loses their license because of a DUI, it can directly affect a person’s employability, especially if their job involves driving. Employees who drive company vehicles, or need to drive during business travel, can all be adversely affected.
Beyond the issue of getting to and from work or jobs that involve driving, a DUI can affect employees in other ways, too. An exemption for driving for work purposes does exist, but this exemption does not go into effect immediately and may still allow an interruption in driving capability. Drivers can also apply for an “interlock license” and have an interlock device installed on their work vehicle that allows them to continue driving. Still, even if a driver petitions to keep their license after arrest while waiting for their DUI hearing, or uses an interlock device, some employers feel this puts them at risk. Other employers have strict policies on who can work for them. A DUI conviction, even if driving privileges during work hours are retained, can cause certain employees to no longer be eligible to work for certain employers and in certain positions.
Preventing Driver’s License Loss
Of course, the best way to prevent the loss of driving privileges is to always refrain from driving while under the influence. When a driver makes this mistake and is arrested for a DUI with their license being suspended at the scene, it is important to do two things:
Request A Driver’s License Hearing - Be proactive and immediately request a Driver’s License Hearing from the Department of Licenses. This must be done in writing within 20 days of the arrest. Such a hearing can prevent automatic license suspension while awaiting a DUI hearing. Retaining a license after a Driver’s License Hearing can at least allow a person to keep driving until their court hearing, although a license will once again be suspended if there is a DUI conviction.
Hire A DUI Attorney - Always work with experienced DUI defense attorneys who can defend a client who has been arrested by first challenging charges during a Driver’s License Hearing. They can again challenge any charges during the actual DUI hearing. Avoiding conviction is the goal when working with DUI law firms. By hiring a good lawyer, a person’s right to drive can be protected. Avoiding conviction also prevents license suspension and loss of employment in many instances.
It is essential for drivers to understand the extent of the consequences that losing their license due to a DUI arrest can bring. Not only do drivers face legal repercussions; they could possibly lose their job as well. Anyone charged with a DUI should immediately contact an experienced DUI defense attorney and begin working with this lawyer on a way to retain their driver’s license and avoid a DUI conviction!
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