I had no previous DWI's. I ended up getting a job offer in a another state. I figured I would switch over and deal with everything once I got there. I took care of and paid for all my fines except for the Alcohol classes before I moved to SD. When I arrived in SD, I went to the DMV. and they told me that all facets of my DWI should have been taken care of before I left the State of Washington. I missed a court date and was issued a warrant for Failure to appear. This happened Feb. 2nd, 2011. It is now Jan. 2015, I currently live in Missouri and I really need my drivers license back but am at a loss of what to do. My name is Trent Iverson and my webmail address is Iverrocktrent "at" gmail. Com Somebody please help. Thank you so much!
I am not licensed to practice in WA or SD or MO. Only California, however, I can answer your question. The statute of limitations is not the issue. The statute of limitations on your DUI was preserved when the case was filed originally in WA. The real issue is whether you get the hold on your license lifted due to the probation violation and bench warrant and can avoid jail time in WA for the probation violation. How long was your probation for in WA?? Does the court there have the option of giving you a re-enrollment order because your probation has not yet ended? If not, you face jail. If your probation has not ended, hire an attorney in WA and ask him to request that you do the alcohol class online since you are out of state. Look at Tom Wilson Counseling Center's online classes. I have many clients do such classes online when they are out-of-state.
You need to hire a criminal attorney in snohomish county, Washington. And don't put your public information on the Internet. But saying that, you need to pay your fine in Washington and do an alcohol assessment and complete treatment. Washington courts require a WA certified treatment provider so start in bigger cities and call alcohol agencies until you find one. Dont accept an out of state agency, keep looking until you find someone certified in Washington.
After beginning alcohol treatment your alcohol agency can send notice to dol called a blue card to lift license suspension. Then if your attorney get your warrant quashed your license should be able to be reinstated. This process could take months, and will cost thousands of dollars.
I am helping a gentleman from Utah right now with this same type of issue, he got a few DUI's a number of years ago and didn't get them completely done and is now dealing with the issues and problems with his license etc. What has to happen is you get an attorney from there in WA state. You have to get an alcohol/drug evaluation done from a WA State certified agency. You have to start treatment and file that paperwork with the DOL of WA state. Then you apply for a release of your license. Additionally, there is probation violation time and fines that the Judge could impose because of your non compliance with the court orders of getting treatment started and done. It doesn't sound like you have any new charges anywhere that would be violations too, THAT IS GOOD. Good Luck. Hire an attorney here in WA state and get the evaluation done to start the ball rolling.
You need to accomplish a couple of things to get your license back. (1) You need to quash the warrant and (2) you need to comply with DOL requirements.
A Statute of Limitations controls how long after an event a case can be filed. You are long past that stage and SOL does not apply. Obviously your real question is "do the warrant and hold on my license go away after a certain amount of time?" Unfortunately, the answer is no. Warrants don't expire and the DOL hold will not go away until you complete certain steps.
First, you will have to complete treatment and provide proof to DOL and the court. Second, you will need to quash the warrant and remove the FTA hold. It is possible (bout unlikely) that a local attorney will be able to deal with the warrant without you appearing if you have proof that you have completed everything you were supposed to. More likely, you will have to come to Washington at least once.
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