Tacoma, Washington, residents may know of Rod Strickland from his NBA career that spanned parts of three decades. The former point guard recently made headlines after being arrested for driving with a suspended license as a result of a DUI conviction. Strickland was pulled over while driving to the University of Kentucky, where he is an assistant basketball coach. He had previously pled guilty to a DUI charge in 2010 and was given a license suspension of 12 months.
In some states, having multiple DUI charges can result in a license revocation. In Washington, a person can receive a license suspension after a DUI charge as a result of a criminal DUI case. In addition, if a person does not request a Department of Licensing administrative hearing within 20 days after a DUI charge, that person's license will be suspended automatically. If a hearing is scheduled, the person will be given an opportunity to challenge the suspension.
A DUI charge can result in enormous fines and penalties, especially if someone already has previous DUI charges on a driving record. For a first offense, a person will have a suspended license for 90 days. The license suspension can be reduced to 30 days if the charge is reduced to reckless driving. It is worth nothing that a person can still drive with a suspended license if that person agrees to have an ignition interlock device installed in a vehicle and use it properly.
Those with multiple DUI charges will face a license revocation, as well as jail time, fines and possible community service or substance abuse treatment. As seen above, even an NBA star may find it difficult to get to work once a driver's license suspension is in place, so anyone accused of DUI will want to seek experienced counsel who can help fight for a reduction in the charges.
Source: The Associated Press, "Former UK assistant Strickland arrested," Aug. 2, 2012