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Aggressive Defense for Suspended License Charges in Washington State 

When an individual participates in an activity that violates certain state laws, or fails to meet court-mandated requirements, their driver’s license can get suspended. In our experience, it’s a typical penalty after a DUI conviction. Having your license suspended is a major headache; not being able to legally drive severely limits your ability to conduct everyday life activities.

If you have recently been charged with a DUI, your license will be suspended, but it doesn’t necessarily take effect right away. The suspension time depends on your blood alcohol level, as well as if you have any prior DUIs. These details influence how long your license is suspended.

Regardless of why your license was suspended, it’s crucial to contact a Snohomish County suspended license attorney at DUIHeroes to discuss your situation and learn your defense options. We have represented hundreds of individuals, earning a 90% success rate in getting DUI-related charges dismissed or reduced.

Driving While License Suspended in Snohomish County

Getting stopped for a traffic ticket and then being arrested because your driver’s license is suspended is humiliating and potentially devastating. Your driver’s license could be at stake. Your liberty is at stake. You need to have representation that not only knows the legal system, but how to work through the DOL maze.

What are the Penalties for Driving With a Suspended License in Washington State? 

Driving while your driver’s license is suspended has three degrees. First- and second-degree charges are gross misdemeanors under Washington law. They carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine, plus they can include additional mandatory driver’s license suspensions.

While second-degree DWLS does not have a minimum requirement for jail time, a first-degree DWLS will result in:

  • A minimum of 10 days in jail for a first conviction.
  • A minimum of 90 days in jail for a second conviction.
  • A minimum of 180 days in jail for a third or subsequent convictions.

Third-Degree DWLS: Misdemeanor Penalties is a misdemeanor under Washington law, punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

What Can Cause License Suspension in Washington State?

A wide range of activities can result in your driver’s license getting suspended, including:


If you’re arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the state will take away your driver’s license for a period between 90 days and 4 years.

Insurance Cancellation 

If you cancel your insurance, the auto insurance company is required by law to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which will result in your driver’s license being suspended until you reinstate your insurance.

Child Support Nonpayment

Should you cease to make your monthly child support payments, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will notify the DMV, causing your driver’s license to be suspended. You will receive a letter explaining the steps you need to take in order to get your license back.

Unpaid Parking Tickets 

If you fail to pay a parking ticket, it can result in your driver’s license being suspended until you pay the ticket and resulting fines. 

Attorney Jonathan Dichter is a DUI authority who further studied alcohol-related criminal law after getting his law degree. He’s a certified field sobriety test instructor, making him more of an authority on DUI arrest procedure than most police officers. Furthermore, his team includes two former prosecutors, who know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. As a result, DUIHeroes has the skills, tools, and resources to fight your charges. Get a free consultation today to learn your defense options.

Contact DUIHeroes at 1–800-DUI-HERO to discuss your driver’s license being suspended and learn about the license restoration process.


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