Charged With Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)?

Washington law requires that all drivers be properly licensed and insured.  One of the most commonly charged traffic offenses in Washington is driving while license suspended (DWLS), which may include:

  • DWLS 1: Driving with a suspended or revoked license when an individual is deemed a habitual traffic offender.  A first-time DWLS 1 conviction is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine, and carries a mandatory 10-day jail sentence.
  • DWLS 2: Driving with a suspended or revoked license at a time when an individual is not eligible to have his or her license reinstated.  DWLS 2 is also a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
  • DWLS 3: Driving with a suspended or revoked license at a time when an individual is eligible to have his or her license reinstated.  DWLS 3 is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Driving Without A License On Person

Another common traffic violation in Washington is driving without a license, a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of up to $250.  Individuals may receive a traffic ticket for driving without a license if they are stopped by an officer and do not have a license in their possession or if they have an expired license.

As long as the person is not driving while his or her license is suspended or revoked, the offense is merely a traffic infraction punishable by a fine, as opposed to the more serious misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense of DWLS.

Put An Experienced Traffic Defense Attorney On Your Side

If you have been charged with DWLS or received a ticket for driving without a license, we can help.  At Heritage Law Office, our traffic defense lawyer serves clients throughout Eastern, Central and Western Washington.

We concentrate in traffic defense to provide our clients with the knowledgeable representation they require.  We have defended many clients against DWLS charges.  We have a strong knowledge of local court procedures, judges and prosecutors.  Using our knowledge of the law and our experience in traffic defense, we will provide a vigorous defense on your behalf.

Learn More About Fighting DWLS Charges

Contact our law office in Cle Elum, Washington, for a free phone consultation.  Call 509-899-5375 or 425-397-9400.  You may also contact us by email for help anywhere in Kittitas County and surrounding areas.