If you are charged with a DUI or DWI in Washington, DC, your case will involve two different types of proceedings:

The first is in D.C. Superior Court. Here you can choose whether to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. If you choose to go to trial, depending on the specific charge, you can have a bench trial or a jury trial. If convicted, you can face a sentence of jail time, a fine, or other punishments, as determined by the judge.

The second is an administrative hearing at the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Here, the Administrative Judge will determine whether you lose your license, are required to get high-risk insurance (SR-22), and if you will have to pay a fine. You must request a hearing at the DMV in order to prevent your driver’s license from being suspended pending your criminal case, whether or not your license was issued by the District.

Clark Law defends anyone facing drunk driving charges in Washington, DC, both in D.C. Superior Court and in the administrative hearing. You want the best defense possible in order to retain your driving privileges and avoid jail time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to submit to testing?
    No, you don’t HAVE to. However, with limited exception, failure to submit to testing will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license.

  2. What happens after being arrested for DUI/DWI? You will receive a summons informing you of the time, date, and location when you need to go to D.C. Superior Court. After being released, you should immediately call an attorney.

  3. I received an Official Notice of Proposed Suspension from the DMV. What do I do? After receiving this Notice, you must request a hearing. If you do not, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended. If you hold a District of Columbia license, you have five days to request this hearing. If you hold an out of state license, you have ten days to request this hearing.