On June 2, 2021, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ordered the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) to stop suspending licenses of drivers who can’t afford to pay fines on non-criminal traffic violations. The judge ruled that the DOL must cancel all driver license suspensions for failing to pay non criminal traffic tickets because the DOL driving records cannot tell which drivers can’t afford to pay the ticket fines. According to the judges, this violates the WA state constitution right to due process.
Washington now joins Oregon, California and Idaho in ending the practice of unpaid fines causing license suspensions.
However, WA drivers will still face license suspension if they contest their non criminal traffic tickets and then fail to appear in court.
Call Lynnwood traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson for additional information. Call 425-7789-7339