Suspended License and Habitual Traffic Offenses

As Washington drivers, we have a responsibility to follow traffic laws and obey law enforcement officers. But, there are those days when we are running terribly late for work. Why not go a few miles over the speed limit? There are those times when you are just too busy to get your taillight fixed, even though you’ve already received a warning for it. Even though you thought you could make it, you blatantly ran a red light.

Getting one traffic ticket may not affect you that much. You pay the fine, you confront the insurance cost, and you go about your life. But when these rare moments become frequent and you have multiple traffic tickets and moving violations speckling your record, traffic tickets become a problem for your finances and your license.

At the Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden, we don’t just work with people who are in danger of having their license suspended. We also work with individuals whose licenses are suspended in order to get their driving privileges back.

If you are a habitual traffic offender, or are in danger of becoming one, and want to avoid probation or suspension, be sure to contact a lawyer with experience in traffic ticket matters. The traffic ticket lawyers at The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden work with habitual traffic offenders and first time traffic ticket earners alike. Contact one of our offices in Lakewood or Tacoma today to evaluate your options after getting a moving violation traffic ticket.

Becoming a Habitual Traffic Offender in Washington

You become a habitual traffic offender when you have found to have committed twenty or more moving violations or three major moving violations within a 5-year period. If you are found to be a habitual traffic offender, your driver’s license will be revoked until it’s eligible to be reinstated. This reinstatement process can be incredibly tricky and complicated. If you get notice from the Department of Licensing that you license is suspended for being a Habitual Traffic Offender you need to contact our office immediately.

Receiving too Many Traffic Tickets Over Time

In Washington, if you are ticketed for too many moving violations your license can be suspended, or you may be put on probation. You are put on probation for a year if you receive four moving violations in twelve months, or five in 24 months. Once you are on probation, you increase your risk for suspension.

If you receive two more tickets for moving violations while you are on probation, you incur a 30-day driver license suspension. After this 30 day suspension you will be eligible to reinstate your license. However, you will be placed on another year of probation. During the additional year of probation, if you are ticketed for 1 moving violation your license will be suspended for 60 days. A second violation in your probation period will result in a 120 suspension. While a third violation during your probationary period will result in a suspension for 364 days. You can challenge this suspension or receive an occupational/restricted license during this probationary period, but, you need to contact our office immediately.

Getting Your License Back After Suspension

The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden do not just specialize in avoiding the license suspensions. We help individuals with suspended licenses obtain a valid license. Our knowledge, skill and relationship with Washington Department of Licensing can expedite getting you back on the road with a valid license. Maneuvering DOL can seem like a daunting and overwhelming process. Leave it to us to identify the issues preventing you from obtaining a valid license and developing a clear path to get you back on the road with a license in your wallet. Please contact our Lakewood, Washington office today so we can begin to assist you.