Most everyone needs a driver's license in today's world and losing it can also mean losing your job or a change in some other important aspect of your life. As an administrative agency, the Washington Dept. of Licensing drafts, interprets and adjudicates their own rules on licenses. Your DOL hearing will be in front of a "Hearing Examiner" who is a paid employee of the DOL so you can imagine how many times they rule against you and in favor of the DOL. These rules have become (like many areas of the law) more numerous and complicated over the years. It is hard enough for an attorney to keep up with these rules let alone an inexperienced lay person. Also, don't delay in contacting an attorney to put a request for your hearing since there are deadlines to meet. If you don't request your hearing in time you don't even get to present your case. The DOL essentially "defaults" you and confirms their proposed suspension of your license.