I was told by several attornies that FTA for a DUI in Washington will NOT result in a suspended license and several others have told me that it will. I am currently in the middle of a DUI case where I won the DOL administrative hearing but the criminal case is ongoing. Please advise?
Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer
Failing to appear for traffic court will result in the suspension of your license.
Criminal Defense Attorney
"The department [of licensing] shall suspend all driving privileges of a person when the department receives notice from a court...that the person has...failed to appear at a requested hearing" related to a traffic citation or infraction ("other than for a standing, stopping, or parking violation"). RCW 46.20.289.
If you fail to appear for a court hearing in a DUI case where your presence is required by the court, your license will be suspended.
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DUI / DWI Attorney
Yes, an FTA results in a 'third degree' suspension, which of course you can can cure by appearing in court. As long as you show up for court, then that can't happen.
You probably know already, but conviction on the DUI will result in a 'second degree' suspension, regardless of what DOL decided on your case.