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Driving On Suspended License

A person can have his or her license suspended for a wide range of reasons. All too often, drivers with suspended licenses drive anyway, needing the mobility and means of getting around. This can result in even more serious consequences and issues with your driving privileges in the future.

If you have had your license suspended, contact defense lawyer Michael E. Zanol. He will assist you in getting your license reinstated and protecting yourself and your driving privileges. Call his Wenatchee, Washington, office today at 509-872-5113.

Your license can be suspended for a variety of reasons, including:

  • A criminal conviction or administrative suspension, such as a DUI and drugs charges
  • Hit-and-run accidents, or being involved in an accident while driving uninsured
  • Too many tickets or points or your driving record, or too many unpaid traffic tickets
  • Failing to take the proper steps to reinstate your license

There are three tiers of charges for driving on a suspended license:

Third degree — The least serious, this is a misdemeanor charge and has a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines. This is generally charged if you have too many unpaid tickets or you have had your license suspended for a different criminal offense, such as DUI.

Second degree — More serious, this is a gross misdemeanor with the potential for 364 days in jail and $5,000 in fines. This usually follows serious or felony traffic offenses.

First degree — Uncommon and generally reserved for serial traffic offenders, this carries a possible 364 days in jail and $5,000 in fines. With each additional charge, however, you face minimum time spent in jail, ranging from 10 days to 180 days.

Consequences related to driving on a suspended license can quickly spiral into more significant issues if you continue to drive on the suspended license or accrue other infractions. Repeat offenders face serious potential sentencing. It is important that you have an attorney who understands how to defend against the charges, looking at both the current and past charges to protect your driving privileges.

Attorney Michael E. Zanol will assist you in getting your license back and preventing the escalation of consequences. He handles misdemeanor offenses in the Wenatchee area. Call his office today at 509-872-5113 to speak with him.

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