Charged with driving with a suspended license in Everett or Lynnwood?
Driving on a suspended license is a criminal law violation and can have severe consequences. You may be facing mandatory jail time, large fines, probation, or an additional license suspension. We have helped clients avoid a criminal conviction, and assisted in reinstating their driving privileges by navigating the complex criminal justice system and the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL). We can tell you the reason for your license suspension and the quickest way to get it reinstated. If you or someone you care about has been arrested or charged with the crime of driving with a suspended license, contact an Everett criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Michael P. Sheehy, PLLC right away.
Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License
Penalties for driving with a suspended driver’s license vary depending on why the license was suspended and whether or not it is a first offense. Some offenses are punishable up to 90 days in jail; others are punishable up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. A conviction can result in a lengthy jail sentence and invalidate a driver’s license for a year or longer.
A license will be revoked for at least a year if a person is convicted of certain criminal offenses. A license will also be suspended for a year if you are charged and convicted of driving on a suspended license following a conviction for DUI, reckless driving, or the other offenses listed in RCW 46.20.342(1)(b). However, if the suspension is based on unpaid tickets, you might be eligible to immediately reinstate your driving privilege upon paying off a fine or a reinstatement fee. The length of the license suspension varies in each case and is based on a person’s driving record and the underlying criminal charge.
Do you know your options? When can you drive again? What do you have to do to reinstate your driving privileges? Are you eligible to drive with the ignition interlock device or an occupational license? Contact our office to review your driving abstract and to explore your options. As an experienced Lynnwood suspended license attorney, Mr. Sheehy works very hard to get a positive result and to help his client’s get back on the road to a life of productivity.
Make sure you have the help of a skilled Everett suspended license attorney on your side in this serious situation. Contact us today for an initial consultation!