Suspended License Attorney Lynnwood, WA
Driving on a 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. Having your license suspended is a major headache; it prevents you from legally operating a vehicle and greatly limits your ability to conduct everyday life activities.
If you have recently received 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 gets suspended for; it can range anywhere from 90 days to four years.
Regardless of why your license was suspended, it's crucial to contact a Lynnwood suspended license attorney at DUIHeroes in order to discuss your situation and obtain crucial legal advice. We have represented hundreds of individuals and will fight day and night on your behalf.
Driving on Suspended License in WA State
Getting stopped for a traffic ticket and then being arrested because your driver’s license is suspended is embarrassing, 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 You Need to Know
Driving while your driver’s license is suspended has three degrees. First and Second degree 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-time conviction.
- A minimum of 90 days in jail for a second conviction.
- A minimum of 180 days in jail for a third, or any subsequent, conviction.
Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree is a misdemeanor under Washington Law, punishable by up to 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 ranging from 90 days to four years.
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.
Failing to Pay Child Support
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.
Not Paying a Parking Ticket
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.
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