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It's hard not to feel sorry for yourself following an arrest for a criminal charge in Whatcom County. Being arrested for DUI, Minor DUI or Physical Control in Bellingham, or anywhere in Whatcom County will place your driver's license in jeopardy. The truth is that most of us require a valid driver's license to function but some individuals need it more than others. If you drive for a living, hold a commercial driver's license (CDL), need to drive your own car to get to work and maintain employment, if you are a mother and need to taxi your children to school, doctor's appointments or sporting activities, you need to drive!
An arrest for a Whatcom County DUI may suspend your license. If you are convicted in court you will lose your license but you must also win the DOL hearing to keep your driving privilege.
As soon as you are arrested for DUI in Whatcom County your work begins. It is important to remember you only have 7 days to request a hearing with the DOL and save your driver's license.
It is very important to complete the evaluation early. Obviously be prepared and consult with your Whatcom County criminal defense attorney, but early will save you money!
Your privilege to drive is important and may even be necessary. If you lose your license you can still drive lawfully by obtaining an ignition interlock license.
If you are like the rest of us and must maintain your privilege to drive following a criminal arrest in Whatcom County you have no time to waste. The most immediate concern is that you must mail (certified) or apply online for a driver's hearing with the DOL. You only have 7 days to request a hearing so there is no time to waste. The application for the DOL hearing is near the top of this page, so simply click the blue button and the application will appear. If you apply for the DOL hearing within 7 days, the DOL will mail you (and your Whatcom County DUI defense attorney) a package that contains a cover page notifying you of the hearing date and time and, the DOL hearing officer who will conduct the hearing. The package will also have the police report, which the DOL will use as evidence against you at the Department of Licensing hearing.