Arrested for a DUI in Lynnwood, Washington? Wondering what will happen to you and what you should do next?
You’ve come to the right place for answers.
Following a DUI arrest, there will likely be 2 “cases” against you: one in the criminal court, and the other with the Department of Licensing (DOL).
The arresting officer is required to fax the police report to DOL, which notifies DOL to note the driver’s record of the DUI arrest and to send a notice to the driver that their license will be suspended or revoked 30 days from the arrest date (unless there was a blood draw, which takes longer).
To contest your license being taken away, you may request a telephonic hearing with DOL, but only if you make your DUI Hearing Request within 7 days of the date the officer gave you notice of the right to a hearing.
Usually, the officer gives that notice to the driver on the day of arrest. There is also a temporary restricted license available by application to DOL.
In the criminal case, you likely have been given a citation requiring a mandatory appearance in the Lynnwood Municipal Court or you will receive a summons in the mail to appear in the Snohomish County South Division Court.
At that hearing, the judge will inform you of the charge against you, of your rights, and ask whether you plead guilty or not guilty.
The judge will then consider whether you should be released on your Personal Recognizance (PR), or taken into custody to be held until a certain amount of bail is posted.
Most people on their first DUI are “PR’d” with conditions that they not do certain things, for example, not driving without a valid license and insurance and not drinking alcohol.
A date will be set for your next hearing, and you may have a few of these hearings before your case is settled.
Unless the prosecutor can be convinced by your DUI attorney to “plea bargain” the case to a less serious crime than a DUI, such as reckless or negligent driving, you may have to decide whether to take the case to trial or plead guilty. DUI cases are rarely dismissed outright.
There are many penalties that can come as a result of a DUI conviction, including:
There may be other consequences outside the courtroom including the inability to travel to certain countries, to rent a car, and problems with current and future employment.
For more complicated DUI cases such as where the breath or blood test was refused, or where there are certain prior offenses, the penalties increase drastically. If convicted, you will be in jail for longer, lose your license for longer, and pay steeper fines. In the case of a fifth DUI within 10 years, your case will be prosecuted as a felony, possibly ending with incarceration in prison.
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