There are many ways you can lose your driver’s license in Washington State. Several violations can lead to a license suspension or revocation, and they are not always related to driving. Washington has no set guidelines for when a license should be revoked or suspended; judges use their discretion to decide which action to take.
License Suspension vs. License Revocation in Washington
A license suspension in Washington is the temporary loss of driving privileges. After a certain period of time and upon completion of certain court requirements, you may have your suspension lifted. A license revocation is more serious than a suspension. It is the complete cancellation of driving privileges. This lasts for a specific amount of time, and once that period is over, assuming you meet all other requirements, you may be allowed to re-apply for a brand new Washington driver’s license.
How can my License Get Revoked?
Again, there are many situations for which a judge may decide that a license suspension is more appropriate than revocation, such as a first-time DUI. In general, the more serious the offense committed, the more probable your license will be revoked. License revocation is also standard after repeat offenses.
Most of the time, your license is suspended due to an offense related to driving. It is usually revoked after multiple convictions of the following:
- DUI involving alcohol and/ or drugs
- Reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an injury accident
- Failing to respond to a traffic summons
- Drag racing or participating in speed contests
Throughout the country there are several non-traffic related offenses that can lead to a license suspension or revocation after multiple convictions. The most common of these is the failure to pay child support. If you fail to pay child support, you may have your license suspended by the State of Washington; if you continuously fail to do so, you face revocation. In addition, your license is in jeopardy if you have committed the following offenses:
- Failing to maintain state required auto insurance
- Convictions of non-DUI related drug offenses
- Failing to respond to a court summons
- Minors committing non-DUI alcohol and/ or drug offenses
- Using a false or altered license plate/ falsifying a license plate
A Washington driver’s license is your key to your driving privileges in the state; yet it can be extremely difficult to get around without one. If your license has been revoked, you may benefit from having a tough criminal defense attorney on your side fighting to reinstate your driving privileges. Attorney Daniel J. Murphy, Jr. tackles tough cases of DUI, reckless driving, and other serious offenses head-on with dedication and a strong reputation. Call Murphy’s Law Offices at (253) 312-6122 for a free confidential consultation.