Frequently Asked DWLS Question
Can an Officer pull me over for a suspended license if I commit no other traffic violations? Yes, Officers can, and frequently do, run vehicle registrations and stop them if the registered owner of the vehicle has a suspended license.
I was stopped by an Officer and my license was suspended, why not just plead guilty? Because a DWLS is a criminal conviction and may carry mandatory jail time and license suspension depending on the degree. There are still legal arguments that can be made and negotiations with the prosecutor that can result a dismissal or a reduction to a non-criminal offense.
My license is suspended because I can't afford the fines and fees, how can I get my license back? The DOL has the ability to suspend you license if you have not paid you tickets or court fines. This results in a lot of people caught in a cycle of driving on a suspended license to keep their job, which they need to pay their fines. Depending on the amount and the reasons for the suspensions, there are often payment plans that can be worked out with the DOL that can lift the suspension on your license immediately, negotiations with the prosecutor that can avoid further suspensions, or appeals to the DOL to lift your suspension.
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Being charged with Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) can have serious consequences and requires the skill of a DWLS Lawyer. Depending on what degree you are charged with, there is mandatory jail time, license suspension, SR22 insurance requirements, inflated insurance rates, and a charge on your criminal history. DWLS 1 and 2 are both gross misdemeanors punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5000 fine (although only DWLS 1 has the mandatory jail time, jail time can and often is imposed on both). DWLS 3 is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine.
There are many possible outcomes that a skilled DWLS Lawyer can obtain for you. The key to the best outcome is being familiar with the specific court you are in and the prosecutor assigned to your case. As a Lynnwood criminal defense attorney I consistently defend those accused of DWLS in Snohomish County, King County, Skagit County and more. While it may seem that the State or City has a solid case against you, sometimes all it takes is a few legal issues, the right preemptive steps, and skilled DWLS Lawyer to obtain a better outcome.
Contact the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy at 206-427-4901to set up your free consultation to discuss your case. We will come up with a plan to get your license back and get you the best results possible.
Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree: A person will be charged with DWLS 3 if they are driving while their privilege to drive is suspended or revoked, but they are eligible to have it reinstated.
Driving While License Suspended 2nd Degree: A person will be charged with DWLS 2 if they are driving while their privilege to drive is suspended or revoked by the state of Washington and they are not eligible to have it reinstated. In addition to possible jail time, there is a mandatory 1 year license suspension that takes effect.
Driving While License Suspended 1st Degree: A person will be charged with DWLS 1 if they are driving while their license is suspended due to a Habitual Traffic Offender status. DWLS 1carries mandatory minimum jail time of 10 days on a first offense, 90 days on a second offense, and 180 days for a third or greater offense.
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