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What Happens If I Am Caught Driving With A Suspended License?

Posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by Lizanne Padula.

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The State of Washington has some of the strictest laws in the nation against Driving Under the Influence. In our state your license may be suspended after an arrest for DUI and/or for a conviction of DUI.

• After an arrested for DUI your license will be administratively suspended by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) unless you request a hearing to contest the suspension within 20 days of the date you were arrested and the hearing examiner rules in your favor.

• As part of a conviction for DUI, the Court may order suspension of your driver license for 90 days to 4 years. The length of suspension is dependent on prior offenses and the severity of the incident for which you were convicted.

What Happens If I Am Caught Driving With A Suspended License?

Driving while your license is suspended or revoked after a DUI arrest or conviction is a separate criminal offense. You would be facing a new criminal charge for Driving While License Invalidated (RCW 46.20.342). If convicted of driving with a suspended license you will face mandatory jail time.

• First conviction: the person shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ten days.

• Second conviction: the person shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than ninety days.

• Third or subsequent conviction: the person shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one hundred eighty days.

• If the person is also convicted of Driving Under the Influence (RCW 46.61.502) or Physical Control of Vehicle Under the Influence (RCW 46.61.504), when both convictions arise from the same event, the minimum sentence of confinement shall be not less than ninety days.

The minimum sentences of confinement required under the Driving While License Invalidated statute “shall not be suspended or deferred.” RCW 46.20.342(1)(a).

How Do I Defend Against Criminal Charges for Driving With A Suspended License?

If you are facing charges for driving with a suspended license (Driving While License Invalidated) your very freedom is on the line. It is critical that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to advocate for your rights and freedom. Your criminal defense attorney may be able to get the charges against you dropped or reduced to lesser charges. Ideally lesser charges would not carry a mandatory minimum jail sentence.

Our attorneys have outstanding reputations. Lizanne Padula is a tireless negotiator and a tenacious litigator. Padula & Associates, LLC will fiercely advocate on your behalf. For more than 20 years we have proudly defended the rights of people in King County, Snohomish County, and Washington State.

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