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Driving with a Suspended License Lawyer in Renton, Washington

Understanding Driving with a Suspended License Charges in Washington State

Driving with a suspended license is a serious offense in Washington State. It occurs when an individual operates a motor vehicle while their driving privileges have been suspended or revoked. This offense is categorized into three degrees:

  1. Third Degree (DWLS 3rd): Least serious, typically for failure to pay tickets or appear in court

  2. Second Degree (DWLS 2nd): More serious, often for DUI-related suspensions

  3. First Degree (DWLS 1st): Most serious, for habitual traffic offenders

Consequences of Driving with a Suspended License

Legal Penalties

  • DWLS 3rd: Misdemeanor, up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine

  • DWLS 2nd: Gross misdemeanor, up to 364 days in jail and $5,000 fine

  • DWLS 1st: Gross misdemeanor, minimum 10 days in jail, up to 364 days and $5,000 fine


Additional Consequences

  • Extended license suspension

  • Criminal record

  • Increased insurance rates

  • Difficulty obtaining employment

  • Potential vehicle impoundment

Why You Need an Experienced Attorney

Driving with a suspended license charges can have severe, long-lasting impacts. At Duncan Law PLLC, we can:

  1. Analyze the specifics of your case and suspension

  2. Identify potential defenses or mitigating factors

  3. Negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges or penalties

  4. Represent you in court proceedings

Our Approach to Suspended License Defense

1. Comprehensive Case Review

We examine:

  • The reason for your license suspension

  • The circumstances of your arrest

  • Your prior driving and criminal record

2. Developing an Effective Defense Strategy

Possible strategies include:

  • Challenging the validity of the initial suspension

  • Demonstrating lack of knowledge about the suspension

  • Exploring administrative errors in the suspension process

3. Skilled Negotiation

We work to:

  • Reduce charges or penalties

  • Explore alternatives to jail time

  • Negotiate for options to reinstate your license

4. Strong Court Representation

If your case goes to trial, we provide robust courtroom advocacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I get my license reinstated after a suspension?

A: Yes, we can guide you through the reinstatement process, which may involve paying fines, completing courses, or fulfilling other requirements.

Q: What if I didn't know my license was suspended?

A: Lack of knowledge can sometimes be used as a defense. We can help gather evidence to support this claim if applicable.

Q: Can a driving with suspended license charge be reduced?

A: In many cases, yes. We often negotiate for reduced charges or penalties, especially for first-time offenders.

Q: How does a suspended license charge affect my insurance?

A: It can lead to significantly higher rates. We work to minimize this impact by fighting for the best possible outcome in your case.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC for Your Suspended License Defense?

  • Extensive experience in Washington State traffic and criminal law

  • Proven track record of successful case outcomes

  • Personalized attention to each client's unique situation

  • Aggressive negotiation and litigation skills

  • Commitment to minimizing the impact on your life and future

Steps to Take If Charged with Driving on a Suspended License

  1. Do not discuss your case with law enforcement without an attorney present

  2. Gather any relevant documentation about your license status

  3. Contact Duncan Law PLLC immediately for legal guidance

  4. Do not drive until your case is resolved and your license is reinstated

Contact Us for a Consultation

If you're facing charges for driving with a suspended license, don't wait. Contact Duncan Law PLLC today to discuss your case and explore your defense options.

Phone: 206-237-7714 

We're here to protect your rights, your driving privileges, and your future. Let us help you navigate this challenging situation and work towards the best possible outcome for your case.

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