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Is Your Driver’s License Suspended from a DUI? You May be Eligible for an IIL Drivers License

Is Your Driver’s License Suspended from a DUI?  You May be Eligible for an IIL Drivers License

If your Washington State driver license has been suspended or revoked because of a DUI or other drug and/or alcohol related offense, you may be eligible for a IIL, or Ignition Interlock Driver License.  For many, having the ability to drive is a necessary part of life; going to doctors appointments, picking up kids from daycare, driving to and from work etc, and filling out paper work and paying monthly costs is worth having their driving capabilities restored by obtaining an IIL.

You may qualify for an Ignition Interlock Driver License if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must have an unexpired Washington State driver license.
  • You have a Washington State residential address.
  • You have an arrest or conviction of any of the following;  1) DUI or physical control involving drug or alcohol, 2) reckless driving, 3) vehicular assault involving drugs or alcohol, or 4) vehicular homicide involving drugs or alcohol.
  • Your current suspension or revocation doesn’t include and of the following; 1) minor in possession, or 2) habitual traffic offender, suspended 1st degree.

Along with a IIL you must also install and maintain an ignition interlock device on any vehicle you drive.   An ignition interlock device is an instrument installed in or near the steering wheel of your vehicle that will require you to blow into before you can start the vehicle.  Your BAC, or blood alcohol content, blow must be under .025 for the vehicle to start.

To apply for an IIL you must:

  1. Install an ignition interlock device on vehicles you will drive.  The installer will send the proof of installation to the Department of Licensing.  See our recommended list of DUI / Reckless Driving Ignition Interlock Companies by clicking here.
  2. Obtain SR-22 car insurance.
  3. Complete a Restricted Driver License Application, available on the Washington State Department of Licensing website,
  4. Submit the application and fee.

If the DOL approves your application they will mail or email or Ignition Interlock Driver License when your license suspension or revocation begins.  Once you have your IIL you may legally drive your ignition interlock equip vehicle as long as you maintain and pay for the ignition interlock device and SR-22 insurance.

If you have been arrested and/or charged with a DUI, reckless driving, or any other drug and/or alcohol charge in Washington State, contact the qualified DUI and criminal defense attorneys at David O Defense to schedule a free consultation, 206-459-6392.  They will listen to your case and answer any questions you may have, including questions concerning driver license suspension.


Written by Sarah Ann

“I don’t believe I am guilty of the charge (DUI)” – FL State Rep. Dane Eagle

“I don’t believe I am guilty of the charge (DUI)” – FL State Rep. Dane Eagle

Republican Florida State Representative, Dane Eagle, was arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) on April 21st.  Earlier today, Eagle had a media conference where he addressed his constituents about his DUI arrest and stated, ” I don’t believe I am guilty of the charge I was arrested for.”  He continued to elaborate on his innocence by providing a persuasive account of events that happened before the arrest.

Eagle recalls the evening before his arrest as Easter Sunday spent with friends and family, “and the day did involve alcohol.”  However, he only had “very few” alcohol beverages and they were consumed earlier that day, “I do admit to drinking a few drinks much earlier in the day before.  But that evening I did not.”  Later, around 2 am, Eagle drove to Taco Bell, “the only place I knew to be open,” and Eagle said he was, “overly exhausted and hungry.”

Eagle continued by saying,  “There are two noteworthy points to address. First I should have never been out in the early morning hours, driving on very little sleep and trying to eat the food I just purchased all at the same time. That kind of distracted driving is dangerous and I thank god no one was hurt. Second, the officer had every right to pull me over because of my driving. While I dispute his conclusions, I do not dispute that I was driving recklessly and had poor judgment in refusing the breath test.”

And finally, “I should have never put myself in this situation and I regret not taking the breath test because it would have cleared up this whole matter,” he said. “I’m not asking you to look past the mistake I made but asking you to understand that I will use this to learn and to grow. I will make this up to you.”

Dane Eagle provides a very convincing recollection of events preceding his DUI arrest.  He takes a strong position that he was not under the influence of alcohol but he admits and takes responsibility for making an unwise decision for driving recklessly.  Could his explanation be persuasive enough to convince a jury panel of his innocence should his DUI case go to trial, perhaps so.

The Tallahassee police reported Eagle was pulled over at 2:17 in the morning after he exited a Taco Bell drive thru and almost hit a curb while making a U-turn followed by running a red light.  Allegedly, police could smell strong odors of alcohol coming from his car and Eagle’s eyes were blood-shot and watery.  Also, police observed stumbling while Eagle exited his vehicle.  Eagle declined the DUI field sobriety tests and refused to take the portable breath test.  Eagle explained to the arresting officer that he had not been drinking that night and that his car smelled of alcohol because his friends who had consumed alcohol were recently been in the car, and lastly the stoplight was yellow when he proceeded to drive thru it, not red.

Who’s story is more believable?  State Rep. Dane Eagle’s DUI case may be transpiring into a classic “he said, she said” case, meaning if the case goes to trial it may be Eagle’s testimony vs. the arresting officer’s testimony to determine Eagle’s DUI guilt or innocence.  And if so… may the best speaker win!


Written by Sarah Ann

Bieber May Strike A Sweet DUI Deal!

Bieber May Strike A Sweet DUI Deal!

A quick update on Justin Bieber’s DUI case…  It pays off to hire a great DUI defense attorney, and Justin Bieber is probably ecstatic with the plea deal that his defense attorney has been negotiating for him.   Apparently, the Miami prosecutors have unofficially offered Justin the deal to drop all three charges of; DUI, resisting arrest, and driving without a license, if Justin pleads no contest to a reckless driving charge.  Now that’s a sweet deal!  Dropping three charges which included a DUI and pleading no contest (aka guilty) to one lesser offense such as reckless driving, Justin better take it!

Additionally, Justin Bieber’s defense attorney has halted the random drug testing that Miami prosecutors were initially asking for… another score for Team Bieber!

Thus Bieber will plead guilty to reckless driving, of which he may have to pay some fines for, and then he will be placed on probation for about a year during which he will be required to keep his hands clean of all criminal activity while in the United States.

Team Bieber should wrap up negotiations and finalize the DUI deal within the next couple of weeks.

See my previous blog “Justin Bieber’s DUI Attorney Is Doing His Job,” for more insight on J.B.’s DUI arrest.


Written by SAO