A conviction on a charge of driving without privileges, also known as driving while suspended (DWP or DWS), carries with it some heavy penalties.
If the DWP comes as a result of suspension for a DUI charge, the potential consequences are even more serious.
At Martens Law Office, P.C., we defend people accused of DWP, DUI and other traffic violation charges. I have over ten years experience defending clients charged with driving while suspended or revoked.
Before pleading guilty to a DWP charge, get the advice of an experienced attorney. In many cases the charge can be reduced to an invalid license which carries considerably less penalties. For instance, if you plead guilty to an invalid license it is unlikely that you will have to serve any jail time, community service or SILD days. In addition, there is no driver’s license suspension associated with an Invalid License. Finally, if the DWP is reduced to an invalid license, you will not be required to carry SR-22. Contact Martens Law Office, P.C. today at (208) 344-0994.
A first offense DWP carries with it up to 180 days of jail, probation at the discretion of the court, up to a $1000.00 fine and up to a six (6) month driver’s license suspension.
2nd Offense within 5-year period
A second offense DWP carries with it up to one year in jail, probation in the discretion of the court up to a $1000.00 fine and a one year driver’s license suspension.
3rd Offense or more within 5-year period
A third offense DWP within a five year period carries with it up to one year of jail, probation in the discretion of the court, up to a $3000.00 fine and a mandatory two year driver’s license suspension.
The potential penalties for DWP are serious. A conviction will result in a further license suspension in addition to any suspension you are currently serving. Legal representation is extremely important if you are charged with driving without privileges.
Defenses to a DWP Charge
As with any other traffic stop, the police must have probable cause to suspect that you are engaged in illegal behavior. When representing you, I will carefully examine all aspects of your case, looking for a way to overcome the charge. If there is a way to obtain a dismissal of the charge, I will find it.
Contact Martens Law Office, P.C. for a free initial consultation. We would be happy to assess your case and provide you with sound legal advice regarding your DWP charge. By telephone contact us at (208) 344-0994.