My question involves a driver's license issued by the State of: Washington.
I recently was pulled over for speeding. I did not recieve a ticket for the incident. However it was brought to my attention that my license was suspended. I had no idea. I got a ticket in a different state (Colorado) in 2010. When the officer gave me the citation, he informed me that the monetary value, if any, is dependant on my driving record and I would recieve notice in the mail.
Problem was, I had moved and foolishly forgot to change my address with the DOL. So, I never got the notices from Colorado about the ticket and or the suspension. Since I had a clean record at the time, I wrongly figured that I was not penalised monetarily and the incident served as a warning. Yah, I know, stupid on my part, in hind sight.
I have since paid the fines in Colorado, paid the fees in Washington and have been re-issued my license. However, I have an arraignment coming up for the DWLS 3rd degree.
I have read the entire RCW.46.20.342.1C. No where does it mention jail time or even a monetary fine, at least from my perspective. When researching this charge, many of the lawyers sites claim that jail time and fines are a possibility. But I really can not find those in the RCW.
Question: Can I really see jail time or fines for this charge if convicted? Especially if I honestly did not know that I was driving on a suspended license?
Secondly, what is the best strategy to fight this charge?
Any help is appreciated