What Is a Habitual Traffic Offender?

A driver who has any of the following violations within a 5-year period, is considered a habitual traffic offender:

  • Convictions for 3 or more of the offenses listed in RCW 46.65.020(1).
  • Committing or being convicted of 20 or more moving violations listed in WAC 308-104-160.

The violations listed above must have taken place within a 5-year period. If more than 1 of these offenses is committed within a 6-hour period, they will only be counted as 1 offense on the first occasion.

Do Habitual Traffic Offenders Lose Their License?

People who are found to be habitual traffic offenders, will have their driver’s license revoked until they are eligible to have it reinstated.

If you meet certain requirements, you can request a hearing to stay (not impose) the revocation or to have your driving privilege reinstated. All requests for a hearing have to be submitted in writing.

It is important to note that if you have been deemed a habitual traffic offender and continue to drive, you can end up facing convictions that carry mandatory minimum jail sentences which increase with each subsequent conviction.

Convictions that could lead to habitual traffic offender status include:

  • Vehicular homicide
  • Vehicular assault
  • Driving under the influence of intoxicants or drugs
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license or permit
  • Fleeing from the scene of an accident
  • Reckless driving
  • Attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle

If you have 3 or more of any of the convictions listed above, call us today to discuss how our attorneys can help you fight habitual traffic offender status.

Consult with a Traffic Offense Attorney

At Stein, Lotzkar & Starr, P.S. our well-informed driving offense attorneys can review your case and determine how to defend your driving privileges. Our lawyers appear daily in courts throughout Bellevue and we are prepared to advocate for your rights. We treat all of our clients with the compassion and professional advocacy that they deserve. Let us get to work on your case!

Call (425) 559-9449, or contact our traffic offense lawyers in Bellevue to set up your free consultation today.

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