When a DUI arrest occurs in Washington State folks do NOT immediately lose their driver’s license. The key word is “immediately.” Many people face a license suspension starting 30 days after their DUI arrest, but doesn’t start right away.

Confusion about the timing of DUI arrests and license suspensions goes back decades. In the days before computers, law enforcement used to punch a hole in licenses when someone was arrested for DUI. That led many folks to assume their license was no longer valid. Thankfully, this confusing practice of punching holes in licenses ended over a decade ago.

Then there was a law in Washington State requiring law enforcement to tow all vehicles involved in a DUI. Confiscating someone’s car led to confusion about whether they could legally drive after a DUI arrest. That law was eventually overturned and today towing someone’s vehicle has become the exception rather than the rule. It still happens from time to time, but most vehicles are released from the scene to a sober driver or safely moved into a parking lot.

Current DUI laws state a person will lose their license on the 30th day after arrest if they are above the legal limit for alcohol or refuse a breath test at the police station. Drivers have a right to challenge this loss of license and most folks must request a hearing within seven days of the arrest, otherwise they waive their right to challenge the suspension. There are exceptions to this time limit for some blood draw DUI’s, but it’s best to speak with a DUI attorney to discuss which deadlines apply to your case.

Everyone arrested for DUI should immediately contact an experienced DUI attorney. Delaying even a couple days can lead to waiving your right to try to save your license. The attorneys at Cooney Law Offices can craft a plan to defend your case. Cooney Law Offices. We can help!