For any DUI conviction, a license suspension or revocation is mandatory. The length of suspension or revocation is dependent upon the individual’s prior DUI history as well as the level of their breath test or refusal to take a breath test. Washington DUI Sentencing Grid.
What complicates this issue is that the government will get two chances to suspend someone’s license; upon criminal conviction as well as after an administrative hearing with the Department of Licensing (Click here for complete discussion of DOL hearing process). The potential good new is the 2008 revision to the ignition interlock law which created a new ignition interlock license. In most cases, even if the license is suspended, a person will be eligible to drive if his car is equipped with an IID.