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Driving & Motor Vehicle Crimes

Motor Vehicle and Driving Related Charges

The effects of a motor vehicle or driving related conviction can have serious consequences. A conviction can mean jail time, loss of driving privileges, increased auto insurance rates, a criminal record, negative points on your driving record, denial of admissions into foreign countries, and employment consequences. It is important that these charges are taken seriously and that individuals do not drive unless they are properly licensed and insured. Various situations can result in a criminal charge for a traffic or motor vehicle related violation. Examples include DUI (driving under the influence); reckless or negligent driving; hit and run; and DWLS (driving while license is suspended). 

The Consequences of a Criminal Driving Conviction 

In Washington State, the consequences of a traffic-related criminal conviction can be serious, and the laws concerning traffic-related crimes is complex. Incarceration is a possibility in all of these cases, and it is therefore essential to consult an attorney. Pewitt Law PLLC has helped hundreds of clients through all stages of the criminal process, from arraignments to motions to trials. Attorney Sheri Pewitt is committed to helping her clients through this difficult time. She focuses her practice on providing ethical, competent, and courageous counsel, and it shows in every case she handles. In all circumstances, her goal is always to minimize the effects a traffic charge has on a client's life. Consequences of a conviction for a traffic-related crime can include:

  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Negative points on your driving record
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Criminal record
  • Jail time
  • Denial of entry into a foreign country
  • Employment difficulties

Common Driving or Motor Vehicle Offenses in Washington State

Numerous traffic crimes and/or felony offenses. Many carry license suspensions and SR-22 insurance requirements. The list below provides a sample of the most common criminal traffic violations. If you are facing accusations or charges for any driving offense, call Attorney Pewitt to learn about the options and consequences of each charge.

Pewitt Law handles criminal traffic offenses including but not limited to:

  • DUI
  • Driver under 21 consuming alcohol
  • Physical control of a vehicle while under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Negligent driving in the first degree
  • Hit and run
  • Eluding or evading a police officer
  • Driving while license suspended (DWLS)
  • Habitual traffic offender

A Washington Criminal Defense Attorney Who Puts You First

When you're facing criminal driving charges, you need a defense attorney who will fight for you. Attorney Sheri Pewitt believes in putting the best interests of her clients first. One of the ways she accomplishes this is by offering a free case evaluation, during which she can help you determine the best course of action to take in your case. In addition to thoroughly explaining the charges you face, she will take the time to walk you through the options available to you. When you need an attorney with compassion and a strong courtroom presence, Ms. Pewitt is your fiercest advocate.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.