Rely On Skilled Advocacy At Your Department Of Licensing Hearing
It is commonly said that driving is a privilege and not a right. For many, however, driving is an absolute necessity. Without legal permission to drive, most people would have an incredibly difficult time keeping their jobs, transporting their children and tending to the daily requirements of life.
Unfortunately, it is surprisingly easy to lose driving privileges, and it can be difficult to get them back. The good news is that an experienced attorney can help you navigate the bureaucratic process of seeking reinstatement. At Drake Law Offices, PLLC, I regularly advocate for clients looking to reclaim their driver’s licenses through the administrative law process. My name is Timera C. Drake. I can advise you on your rights and legal options and represent you during a Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) hearing.
Common Reasons For License Suspension And Revocation
One of the most well-known reasons that a person might lose their license is driving under the influence (DUI) and/or violating Washington’s implied consent law by refusing to take a chemical test when arrested for DUI. If you been charged with DUI, I can represent you in criminal proceedings and at your administrative hearing.
Other common reasons that a person might lose their license include:
- Accruing too many points on their license due to frequent traffic violations
- Being convicted of a hit-and-run accident
- Committing a serious traffic violation such as reckless driving
- Driving without insurance
- Failing to pay a traffic ticket
You can also have your license suspended for issues that have nothing to do with driving, such as failure to pay child support or failure to appear in court in response to a summons. Whatever the reason is, contesting the suspension or seeking reinstatement is often much easier with the help of a lawyer.
You May Have More Options Than You Realize
In most cases, you won’t lose your license outright. Instead, you’ll receive a notice of suspension, and you’ll have 15 days from the date of receipt to formally appeal the decision. Depending on the facts of your case and when you contact me, I may be able to:
- Represent you at a DOL hearing and help you avoid suspension
- Assist you in resolving the issue that led to your suspension and help you go through the process of seeking reinstatement
- Help you seek an occupational/restricted license (ORL) that allows you limited driving privileges to travel to vital locations like work or school
While it is not legally required to work with a lawyer, many people find that doing so simplifies the process and increases the chances of a successful outcome. No attorney can guarantee results, but I can say confidently that I have an in-depth understanding of this area of administrative law and have helped many clients who have lost their licenses or were at risk of losing them.