Driving on a Suspended License

Driving on a Suspended License

Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) is a criminal charge that has three levels of severity. 

Driving While License Suspended First Degree

Your license may be suspended for conviction of 3 or more serious driving offenses.  

  • DUI
  • Reckless driving
  • Physical control of a vehicle while under the influence 
  • DWLS 1st or 2nd degree
  • Hit and run attended
  • Any felony involving an automobile

Driving While License Suspended First Degree is a gross misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to:

  • 364 days in jail, 
  • A $5,000 fine 

Mandatory Punishments 

  • First Offense: 10 days in Jail and an additional one year license suspension.
  • Second Offense: 90 days in Jail and an additional one year license suspension.
  • Third Offense: 180 days in Jail and an additional one year license suspension.

Driving While Suspended Second Degree

Your license may be suspended for: 

  • Hit and run attended
  • Reckless driving 
  • Racing
  • Eluding a pursuing police officer
  • DUI
  • Vehicular assault
  • Vehicular homicide 
  • Driving while suspended second degree.  

Driving While License Suspended Second Degree is a gross misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to:

  • 364 days in jail, 
  • A $5,000 fine and 
  • A mandatory additional one year license suspension.

Driving While Suspended Third Degree

Your license may be suspended for:

  • Unpaid court fines 
  • Failure to appear for a court hearing 
  • Failure to repay damages related to an accident

Driving While License Suspended third degree is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 

  • 90 days in jail 
  • A fine of $1000.  

Court Appearance Required  You will be required to attend the court hearings for these charges.

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Reckless Driving-Understanding the Basics

Reckless Driving

A reckless driving offense is a criminal charge . It is described in the RCW 46.61.500 as “Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” 

Reckless Driving is a gross misdemeanor and is a major traffic offense.

A Reckless Driving charge is punishable by:

  • Up to 364 days in jail 
  • A fine, not more than $5000.00.  
  • Driver’s license suspension for 30 days.  

Decisions to File Charges

State or County Officers

The patrol officer will submit a complete report to the prosecutor, and the prosecutor will decide if charges will be filed in the court.

You will be notified by mail once the prosecutor has decided that there is enough evidence to charge you with reckless driving.

Your notice of hearing will include the arraignment location, date, and time.  

City Officers

The City Police officer will issue a criminal citation. Charges will be filed and printed on the criminal citation and given to you.  This will included the arraignment location, date and time information for your case.  

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