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What a Washington State DWLS Offense Can Mean to You
In Washington, DWLS (driving while license is suspended) is the most common traffic offense. A Washington license suspension falls into three separate categories, with different levels of difficulty for the offender. All should be taken seriously, as a conviction can have devastating effects on a person’s life, especially if they are unable to drive for many years.
The most severe variety of WA license suspension is called DWLS – First Degree. This law applies to persons who are charged with driving after their license was already suspended due to the fact they were a habitual traffic offender. Being convicted of this gross



misdemeanor results in a mandatory jail term, and can result in a fine of up to $5,000.
Washington State DWLS in the Second Degree is only slightly less severe than a DWLS – First Degree. This variety of Wahsington DWLS is issued to persons who are caught driving on a suspended license for reasons other than being a habitual traffic offender. Persons who are commonly charged with this WA traffic crime are caught driving after a license suspension resulting from a DUI or Reckless Driving conviction. It is also a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. While there are no mandatory jail terms associated with this offense, judges routinely give jail time to repeat offenders.

DWLS Third Degree is the most common Washington DWLS charge. This variety of Washington State DWLS is given to people who are driving on a suspended license while they are eligible to have it reinstated. Persons most likely to be charged with this crime are those that forget to pay a traffic ticket, fail to appear in court, are delinquent child support, or fail to get their license reinstated after a suspension. It is a misdemeanor that can result in up to a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.

No matter what variety of Washington DWLS you have been charged with it is vital that you make sure your rights are being protected. Our Washington State DWLS attorneys will fight to have your DWLS charge dismissed or reduced. We successfully defend HUNDREDS of traffic cases every year in Western Washington.
Our Washington DWLS Lawyers Can Protect Your Driving Privileges

Losing one’s driving privileges for any period of time is a burden that affects every part of a person’s life, and that of their family. Fortunately, our Washington DWLS attorneys are experienced with cases involving license suspension, and can help you build an aggressive defense to protect your driving privileges.
We believe that every Washington DWLS case is defensible, and we will fight to reduce the charges against you, if not have them completely dismissed. Our clients are usually most concerned about being able to drive, and we will do everything legally possible to help you keep your license or have it reinstated.
Our Washington State DWLS lawyers are experienced trial lawyers who will work as a barrier between you and the relentless machinery of the State. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case, and find out what a Washington DWLS attorney can do for you.









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