Lots of people wonder if they can still drive if they get cited for a DUI. Although it is true that a license suspension or revocation may happen when a person is stopped for DUI, the reality is that even if a person’s license is suspended or revoked, they can get a special license to drive during the suspension/ revocation period – it is called an ‘Ignition Interlock License’.
If a person loses her license because of a DUI conviction or because of a Washington State Department of Licensing suspension, the Washington state ignition interlock lock license law allows her to continue driving 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so long as she takes the steps necessary to obtain an ignition interlock license from the Department of Licensing. A person that has her license suspended or revoked because of a DUI can obtain an ignition interlock license by: (1) filing an Ignition Interlock License application, (2) paying a fee of $100 to DOL, (3) getting an ignition interlock device installed on a vehicle, (4) obtaining SR22 high risk insurance, and (5) receiving from DOL the actual ignition interlock license.
How does one apply for an Ignition Interlock License? They apply either: (1) online through their DOL license eXpress account, or (2) by completing a form entitled Restricted Driver License Application. It should be noted that DOL: (1) won’t grant the special license until the day the suspension/ revocation goes into effect, and (2) will not grant an Ignition Interlock License until: (a) the IIL application filed with $100 paid, (b) proof of the ignition interlock installation is on file with DOL, and (c) proof of SR22 insurance is on file with the DOL; DOL will deny an ignition interlock license application if it does not have proof of both the IID and the SR22 insurance within 30 days of receiving the application.
If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a DUI charge, immediately contact a Seattle DUI Attorney. A DUI lawyer is not going to judge you and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle DUI Lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce penalties and can help direct people on how to best deal with their criminal charge, and many times even get them dismissed. So, it should go without saying that someone cited for a DUI should hire a qualified Seattle DUI Lawyer as soon as possible. DUI charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with a DUI in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle DUI Lawyer. SQ Attorneys – a team of DUI lawyers – can be reached at (425) 359-3791 and/or (206) 441-0900.