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What Happens After a Washington DOL Administrative Hearing

DUI – What Happens After my DOL Administrative Hearing?

After your DOL Administrative hearing has concluded, the DOL Hearing Examiner/Officer will take all arguments, exhibits, declarations, motions, etc under advisement.

When will I be notified of the outcome?

The DOL Hearing Examiner/Officer usually does not make a decision whether your license suspension is sustained or dismissed at the end of your hearing.

Per the DOL, you will receive a decision in the mail approximately 30 days after your hearing. Please keep in mind that the DOL Hearing Examiner/Officer does not have a deadline/timeline as to when they have to notify you of their decision so it can take longer than 30 days. Our office has noticed that it can take in between a couple of days to a couple of months to hear back from the DOL, we have even seen decisions mailed out over a year from the date of the hearing. Waiting to hear back from the DOL, regarding the outcome of your hearing, can require a lot of patience.

What are the possible outcomes?

The outcome of your hearing can result in your license suspension being dismissed or sustained. The DOL will mail out the decision, also known as the Final Order, to your address on file.

If your license suspension is dismissed, you may go to your local DOL office and get a new license (you will need to pay the fee for the new license). Please keep in mind that your license may still be suspended if you are found guilty in court.

If your license suspension is sustained, you will be notified of your new suspension date as well as what you will need to in order to reinstate your license once you are eligible.

FUN FACT: The DOL used to only give you a couple of days notice before your license suspension began, requiring you to bust a move in order to make the appropriate transportation accommodations. Starting January 2011, they will give you about two weeks notice, allowing you ample time to make the appropriate accommodations.

I've requested a DOL hearing, what do I do now?

The DOL Administrative Hearing is a part of your case that can be confusing and stressful. If you have been charged with DUI and you have already requested your hearing but have not yet spoken with a knowledgable, experienced and respected attorney, please call our office to schedule a free consultation.

*This information regards only the DOL Administrative Hearing and license suspension imposed by the DOL. If you have received a criminal conviction that results in a license suspension and you are currently serving that suspension when you receive your Final Order from the DOL it is best to call your attorney to find out what this means for you.

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