If you’re caught driving while your license is suspended, you’re in for a heap of trouble. A DWLS is a class A misdemeanor and punishable up to 1 year in jail and / or a $2500 fine and 2 years probation. That is, at least, the range as to how much a judge is allowed to sentence you for one offense. If it is your first offense, it is quite unlikely that any judge would sentence you to the maximum amount of time in jail, or any at all for that matter, however, the punishment gets worse depending on:

  • How bad your driving record is as a whole;
  • How many prior DWLS violations you have on your record;
  • Whether or not you are suspended for a more serious reason, such as a 
suspension from DUI.

If it is your first violation in this area of the law, our team can help you work out a deal that won’t affect your driving record, however, if you plead guilty and receive a conviction for DWLS on your driving record, that conviction will extend the length of time you were suspended. This is just one example of how our team can aid in your defense if you contact us before moving forward in your case alone.

Whether it’s through our relationships with local judges or their staff, or with our past experience of walking through these steps before, our team of attorneys are well equipped and accomplished in these areas to help you through a difficult time.

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It is a criminal offense to drive with a suspended license. While there are three different degrees of driving while your license is suspended (first, second and third), the difference between the three degrees is solely based on the reason your license was lost in the first place. If found guilty of any of these three, consequences can include jail time, probation, fines and an additional license suspension. It is imperative to consult with an accomplished attorney if charged with driving while license suspended.

Contact us online or call 206-621-0500 for a free consultation concerning any license suspension issues.