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2017 Case Results for Traffic Infractions

    * We work hard to obtain the best possible results for our clients but no lawyer can guarantee success of your case. Every case is unique and outcomes depend on several factors. The results above are meant to showcase resolutions we achieved in 2016, and should not be used to predict future outcomes.

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    Boating Offenses

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Boating Offenses

    If you live or have been to the greater Seattle area, you know that our beautiful state is home to many boaters. There are plenty of places to spend your day on a boat. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of ways to find yourself facing a boating infraction. Seattle traffic lawyer may help.

    Washington State has several boating regulations that could ruin your day on the water. As any of the Seattle traffic lawyers will recommend, do not simply pay your Seattle traffic ticket. Schedule an appointment with Seattle traffic lawyer to go over your case. You may very well have a valid defense to your boating infraction.

    Continue reading about Washington State Boating Offenses.

    CALL OUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER TODAY AT (206) 409-7608 TO DISCUSS YOUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC TICKET

    CDL - Logbook Violations

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: CDL Drivers

    If you are a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder, you how know that your CDL is your prized possession. It took you a lot of hard work and determination to obtain your CDL. More importantly, it is a way for you to earn your living. Right now and in the future.

    As a CDL holder, you probably already know that a simple Seattle traffic ticket, could have a detrimental impact on your license. This is true even if you were not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the violation.

    Whatever your citations, you need a Seattle traffic lawyer to help you fight your Seattle traffic ticket. Even though we are known as “Seattle traffic lawyers,” we represent clients throughout King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

    There are many traffic violations that are unique only to CDL holders. In Washington State, one of the most common such violations is the logbook violation.

    Continue reading about Washington State logbook violations.

    CALL OUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER TODAY AT (206) 409-7608 TO DISCUSS YOUR CDL ISSUES

    Disobeying Road Sign

    A person can easily violate “Disobeying Road Sign” statute. The language of this statute is very broad. It covers everything from HOV signs to making an improper turn where a sign prohibits a driver from doing so.

    Nonetheless, disobeying a road sign will cost you. First, there is the fine that is on the face of the ticket. But the real cost is the increased cost of insurance. A moving violation will stay on a driver’s record for three years. That means your insurance premium will remain high for that long.

    So keep your insurance premiums low and call our traffic defense attorney to fight your your Disobeying Road Sign ticket!

    Disobeying Signalman, Officer, Firefighter, School Patrol

    If you received a ticket for disobeying a signalman, officer, firefighter, or school patrol, be sure to contact us as soon as possible. Click here to learn more about these type of tickets and what it will cost you!

    Driving with a Suspended/Revoked License

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Driving While License Suspended

    Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) is not only a Seattle traffic ticket. It is also a criminal charge.

    This is a “double whammy” for the law enforcement. Unfortunately, it is also a double the detriment to the driver. As any Seattle traffic lawyer will tell you, the officer often will issue a Seattle traffic ticket and also arrest you for the violation.

    In Washington State, a suspended license is typically temporary. The driver with the suspended driver’s license is able to reinstate his or her driver’s license after fulfilling the required conditions.

    Such conditions may include paying an outstanding fine or installing an ignition interlock device. Sometimes, the driver will have to simply wait out the term of the suspension. In addition, the driver will have to pay the reinstatement fee to the Department of Licensing (DOL). That is why it is wise to speak to a Seattle traffic lawyer.

    A license revocation, on the other hand, deprives the driver of his or her driving privileges altogether. As if the driver never had his or her driver’s license. In addition, once the revocation period is over, if ever, the driver will have to repeat the process of obtaining a driver’s license. This includes passing the written and driving tests, and paying the fees.

    Every Seattle traffic lawyer knows, driving with a revoked or suspended license is not only an infraction, it is also a criminal charge. As such, it is punishable by a potential jail sentence and a heavy fine. The term of the potential jail tern depends on the degree of DWLS. If the degree of DWLS is high enough, a jail term may even be mandatory.

    As you can see, DWLS is a serious crime and you should not take it lightly. One of the better things you can do to help yourself is to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. We are not just Seattle traffic lawyers. We specialize in criminal defense too.

     CONTACT OUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER AT (206) 409-7608 IF YOU ARE FACING A DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED CHARGE

    Driving with Wheels off Roadway

    Driving with Wheels off Roadway

    It is against the law for a vehicle to drive with any part of it off the roadway. The part that is off the roadway can be paved or gravel. Most drivers think that because the part that is off the roadway is paved they are not driving off the roadway. This is far from the truth. Officers often will site drivers with Driving with Wheels off Roadway tickets even if the driver is slightly on the shoulder. Most of the time we see these tickets when a driver decides to take their exit too late and some part of the vehicle ends up driving across the gore point.

    Feel free to read more about Driving with Wheels off Roadway tickets.

    Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicles

    In Washington State, Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicles is a lot broader than one would think.

    Typical “Yield to Emergency Vehicles” circumstances that most drivers think of go something like this. You are driving in your car, going about your business. There are sirens. Then you look in your rear-view mirror. You look to your left. You look to your right. And eventually you see an ambulance approaching. The common knowledge among Washington State drivers is that the law requires you to slow down and yield to the approaching ambulance.

    But what if the facts are different? What if you are exiting a freeway and you see a Washington State Patrol officer parked on the shoulder with its emergency lights activated? Should you yield to the patrol officer?

    Or what if it is not a patrol officer but a tow truck with its flashing lights activated? Are you still required to yield? What if it is not safe for you to slow down and merge over? What about if you are not a driver but a pedestrian?

    Almost every Seattle traffic lawyer will tell you that law enforcement will gladly hand you a Seattle traffic ticket for failing to yield to emergency vehicles. Often, the facts are more complicated than one would think.

    Continue reading about Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle infractions.

    IF YOU WERE CITED FOR FAILING TO YIELD TO EMERGENCY VEHICLE CALL OUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER AT (206) 409-7608

     

    Failure to Yield Right of Way

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Failure to Yield Right of Way

    In Washington State, Failure to Yield Right of Way is not governed by a single statute. Instead, the general law is broken down into several infractions. Each infraction is governed by a separate statute.

    For example, if the vehicle is approaching an intersection, the facts are governed by RCW 46.61.180. If the circumstances surrounding “failure to yield” infraction involve vehicles approaching non-functioning signal lights, the case is governed by RCW 46.61.183. Or if the facts of your case include entering a highway from a private roadway or driveway, the case will be governed by RCW 46.61.205.

    A Seattle traffic ticket for a failure to yield obviously comes with a fine. More importantly, it stays on your driving record for three years. This means that for the next three years it will affect your insurance premiums.

    Seattle traffic lawyers know that traffic infractions are a big business. They are a big business for the government. And they are a big business for the insurance carriers. Do not let a silly Seattle traffic ticket affect you in the long run. Fight it!

    Read more about Failure to Yield Right of Way.

    TO TALK TO OUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER ABOUT YOUR FAILURE TO YIELD RIGHT OF WAY INFRACTION, GIVE US A CALL AT (206) 409-7608

    Following too Closely

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Following too Closely

    You probably do not need a Seattle speeding ticket lawyer to tell you what this traffic violation means in layman’s terms. Obviously, if you received a Seattle traffic ticket for following too close, then the officer thought you were following too close. Fortunately, officers are often wrong.

    But then again, maybe it is not as simple. What is “too close?” Does Washington State define how many feet or inches is considered “too close?”

    Following too Closely is a tricky citation. Often the citation is based on the officer’s subjective interpretation of what constitutes “too close.” Seattle traffic lawyer most often see infractions for following too close in rear-end collisions.

    To read more about Washington State’s Following too Closely law, click on the link.

     IF YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE A SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER TELL YOU ABOUT THE FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY, CALL US AT (206) 409-7608

    Improper Lane Change or Travel

    Improper Lane Change or Travel

    If you were ticketed for improper lane change or improper lane travel, this would be a good time to retain an attorney. Insurance companies see this as a serious traffic violation and will increase your insurance rate to compensate for the increased risk to them.

    If you were stopped for improper lane change or improper lane travel, be sure to call us as soon as possible.

    Lane Violations

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Lane Violations

    Washington State laws govern several violations that would fall within the “Lane Violations” category. Each lane violation infraction is governed by a separate statute. In addition, fines for the violations differ depending on the type of lane violation.

    The most common lane violation is the HOV lane violation. People always ask Seattle traffic lawyers “what does ‘HOV’ stand for?” It stands for High Occupancy Vehicles. The HOV lane violation is governed by RCW 46.61.165 and will be discussed in more detail below.

    The second most common lane violation is the “Improper Lane Use.”

    You do not have to be a Seattle traffic lawyer to see that this violation is very broad. Just about any use of a lane other than driving without swerving will constitute improper lane use. Our Seattle speeding ticket lawyer sees a Seattle traffic ticket for lane violation where the driver changed lanes when it was not safe to do so.

    Click on the link to read more about Lane Violations.

    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS YOUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC TICKET WITH A SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER, GIVE US A CALL AT (206) 409-7608

    Negligent Driving

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Negligent Driving

    Negligent driving is a serious offense. Both of them. In Washington State, there is Negligent Driving in the First Degree and Negligent Driving in the Second Degree. Let us call them Neg. 1 and Neg. 2 because that is what they are known as among Seattle traffic lawyers.

    The one huge difference between the two is that Neg. 1 is a criminal law violation. Neg. 2 is a civil traffic infraction. There are many other differences between the Neg. 1 and Neg. 2. Click on the link to read more about Negligent Driving.

     IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEGLIGENT DRIVING, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US. OUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER CAN BE REACHED AT (206) 409-7608

    No Insurance

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Driving without Insurance

    The legal title of Driving without Insurance or Driving with no Insurance is “Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Responsibility.” Unless you are a Seattle traffic lawyer, calling it “No Insurance Ticket” will be just fine.

    Seattle traffic lawyers usually see Driving without Insurance or Other Financial Liability accompanied by another Seattle traffic ticket. This is because an officer cannot pull you over for driving without liability insurance. Well, technically he could. But there is probably no way for the officer to know whether you have liability insurance or not. Unless, of course, you have been pulled over so many times that the officer knows you too well. In such case, you should probably seek help beyond what Seattle traffic lawyer can offer.

    But officers usually learn of no liability insurance after pulling over the driver for another traffic violation. So drivers are often upset when they learn that they get a $550 ticket for no insurance. A $550 ticket on top of the Seattle traffic ticket for the violation they were initially stopped for.

    Read more about Driving without Proof of Insurance.

    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS AFTER RECEIVING A NO-INSURANCE VIOLATION, CALL US AT (206) 409-7608

    Red Light/Stop Sign Tickets

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Red Lights and Stop Signs

    The laws related to stop signs and red lights are probably the most well known traffic laws. Not only here in Washington State, but also in most civilized countries. We obviously know these laws, but choosing to obey them is another question. Behind speeding tickets, stop sign and red light violations are probably the infraction that Seattle speeding ticket lawyers come across most often. Yet, there are several good defenses that allow Seattle speeding ticket lawyers successfully argue them in court.

    To read more about Red Light and Stop Sign violations.

    CALL SEATTLE SPEEDING TICKET LAWYER IF YOU WERE CITED FOR A RED LIGHT OR STOP SIGN VIOLATION. OUR NUMBER IS (206) 409-7608

    Speeding over the Limit

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Speeding over the Limit

    Speeding over the Limit is the most common traffic infractions that Seattle speeding ticket lawyers see. Which is ironic. With so many cars on the road today, it is tough to drive the speed limit. Let alone, above the speed limit. It seems like no matter which street you turn on, it is backed up with traffic. Nonetheless, law enforcement officers issues speeding tickets in Washington all the time.

    Officers issue speeding tickets in Washington based on several different methods of measuring drivers’ speeds. The first method is by the use of a speed measure device. There are two types of speed measuring devices. One is a LIDAR, the other is RADAR. More on the difference between the two at a later time.

    The second method of measuring drivers’ speeds is pacing. Pacing is when the officer maintains a constant distance between his vehicle and the driver’s vehicle. The reasoning is that the driver’s speed is the same as the speed indicated on the officer’s speedometer. As any Seattle speeding ticket lawyer will tell you, there are many problems with pacing.

    Read more about Speeding over the Limit here.

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    Speed Too Fast For Conditions

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Speed too Fast for Conditions

    Another way to get a speeding ticket in Washington is driving too fast for conditions. Speed too Fast for Conditions is a tricky violation. This is because the driver does not have to drive above the speed limit to be in violation. One can easily find him or herself with the infraction even if they were driving below the speed limit. Unfortunately, there is no objective way to measure a driver’s safe speed under circumstances. So officers base these infractions on their subjective interpretation of what is too fast for conditions. This is a problem because different people have different definitions of what is considered safe under given circumstances. If you received a Seattle traffic ticket for speeding too fast for conditions, be sure to speak to our Seattle speeding ticket lawyer.

    To about Driving too Fast for Conditions in more detail.

    IF YOU WERE CITED FOR DRIVING TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS, CALL OUR SEATTLE SPEEDING TICKET LAWYER AT (206) 409-7608

    Sign Violations

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Sign Violations

    Seattle traffic lawyers come across various sign violations. The most common, and the most obvious, one is the stop sign violations. In Washington State, a driver is required to make a complete stop behind a clearly marked stop line. This means that “rolling stops” or “California stops,” as they are known among Seattle speeding ticket lawyers, are illegal.

    Other sign violations include failing to yield to traffic when there is a yield sign. Another example is failing to obey turn signs. For example, making a left turn when a sign says otherwise. Or changing a lane where a sign prohibits doing so. As Seattle traffic lawyers, we see a pattern among traffic sign violations in Seattle. Many drivers do not notice traffic signs. Which is totally understandable. Sometimes we tend to forget to notice objects that we see on regular and systematic basis. Plus, our minds are often occupied with other things while we are driving. Whatever the reason, failing to obey traffic signs is still a violation.

    Read more about Sign Violations.

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    Equipment Violations

    Seattle Traffic Ticket: Equipment Violations

    In Washington State, law enforcement officers frequently cite drivers for equipment violations. Obviously cars come with many equipment parts. And car parts become defective as part of normal wear and tear. Oftentimes drivers are not aware of these defective parts. For example, a driver may not be aware that his or her tail light is out. Only recently did car manufacturers start installing sensors to alert drivers of defective car parts. A driver of an older car has no way of knowing that his tail light is not functioning properly. Unfortunately, a driver does not have to be aware of the defective equipment in order to be found in violation of the statute.

    Equipment violations often lead to other law violations. For example, a stop for a defective tail light may result in the officer learning that the driver does not have proper insurance. So on top of a Seattle traffic ticket for equipment violation, the driver will be fined an additional $550 for not having insurance. Or even worse, the driver might be driving without a valid license or after drinking. In such case, a stop for a mere missing tail light will result in the driver’s arrest and criminal charges.

    Read more about Equipment Violations.

    IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS, CALL SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER AT (206) 409-7608

    Wrong Way/Rotary Traffic Island

    Wrong Way on a One-way Street or Rotary Traffic Island

    This may come as a surprise, but most people don’t drive on the wrong side of the street intentionally. Most drivers come to us surprised that they received this violation. If you ever found yourself in downtown Seattle you know that it is easy to find yourself potentially driving wrong way on a one-way street. However, we often see clients with these tickets outside Seattle too. Rotary traffic islands can be confusing for some drivers too.

    This traffic violation is similar to “Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road” violation. The concept is definitely the same. The difference is one requires a one-way street and the other does not.

    To read more about Wrong Way on a One-way Street or Rotary Traffic Island, click here.

    I have previously worked with 5 lawyers and Greg explained the process to me in much more detail than any other lawyer ever has.  –  L.I., Client: Speeding

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    Standard of Proof for a Seattle Traffic Ticket

    In Washington State, traffic law violations could be criminal or civil. For civil traffic infractions, the penalties are monetary and the defendant will not face jail time.

    This website and its contents are designed for a civil Seattle traffic ticket. For information on criminal matters please visit our other website here.

    Since civil infractions are less severe than criminal law violations, the standard of proof for the government to meet is a lot lower. For criminal infractions the standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It is a very high burden for the government to meet in order to convict a defendant.

    For civil infractions, on the other hand, the standard of proof is “preponderance of the evidence.” It is commonly interpreted to mean that more than 50% of the evidence weighs against the defendant. It does not have to be much more than 50%. Another way to describe the “preponderance of the evidence standard is to apply the “more likely than not.” Is it more likely than not that the defendant committed the traffic infraction.

    Many drivers who attempt to contest their Seattle traffic tickets without the help of a Seattle traffic lawyer, quickly get a hard lesson that it does not take much for the prosecutor to meet the preponderance of the evidence test. It is very simple for you to lose your case if you attempt to handle your Seattle traffic ticket without the help of a Seattle speeding ticket lawyer. If the officer’s report says he saw you driving at a certain speed, then the court will find that you were driving at that speed. It will not matter what your speedometer read, that you think the officer could not have seen you, or that your grandma testifies that you never drive above the speed limit.

    Driver who decide to contest their Seattle traffic tickets without the help of a skillful Seattle traffic lawyer think that if it is their word against the officer’s, it will not be enough for the government to meet their burden of proof. That is very inaccurate. The officer does not have to provide any independent proof of your traffic violation. His observation of the violation will suffice.

    Your chances of winning your contesting hearing will increase dramatically with the help of a Seattle traffic lawyer. Our initial consultations are free and we will put our experience to use for you!

    CALL OUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER AT (206) 409-7608

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    The Actual Cost of a Traffic Ticket in Seattle

    “Why should I pay you to handle a Seattle traffic ticket that is $124?”

    Most of our clients already know that our fee is minimal compared to what the $124 ticket will cost them in the long run. But for those who do not understand the real cost of a Seattle traffic ticket, let us explain.

    Fines

    First, there is the fine that is on the face of your traffic ticket. In our example above, we used a $124 fine, so let us go along with that example. Although, let us tell you, there are many traffic infractions that will cost you a lot more than that. A ticket for no insurance will run $550. If your traffic ticket is in a school zone or a construction zone, your fine will double. If your traffic ticket is more than our attorney for civil traffic infractions, than you can already see that is it worth to retain a Seattle ticket lawyer to fight your ticket. But let us continue with the $124 traffic ticket example.

    Insurance Rates

    When you agree to pay your traffic ticket you tell the court “yes, I committed the traffic violation.” Unfortunately, you do not get to deny the violation but agree to pay the fine. So once you pay the traffic ticket, the traffic violation appears on your driving record. A moving civil traffic infraction will remain on your driving record for three years. Again, we are talking about civil traffic violations here, not criminal. Your insurance company bases your insurance premium (your insurance rate) on several factors. The most important factor is your driving record. According to Forbes.com, a single traffic ticket can increase your insurance premiums by up to 22%.

    Let us assume that your insurance payments were $100 per month before you received the traffic ticket. According to the study mentioned above, your monthly payment after the traffic ticket will be $122. At $22 dollars per month, by the time the traffic ticket is off your driving record after 3 years, you will pay $792 dollars more for your insurance. You add the $124 fine that you paid for your traffic ticket and the $792 you will pay more for your insurance for the next three years, and the total cost for the traffic ticket so far is $916. Do you see why it is important to hire a Seattle speeding ticket lawyer to help you fight your traffic ticket?

    License Suspensions

    Washington State does not use a point system. However, your civil moving traffic violations can still result in a license suspension. If you receive six moving violations within 12-month period, the Department of Licensing will suspend your license for 60-days. With five moving violations within 24-month period, or four moving violations within 12-month period, the DOL will put you on probation for one-year.

    If, during that 1-year probation period you receive two moving violations your license will be suspended for 30-days. And it all goes downhill from there if you continue to receive additional tickets.

    Importance of Retaining a Seattle Traffic Lawyer

    As you can tell from our discussion above, a Seattle traffic ticket cost is a lot more than the dollar figure you see on the front of the traffic ticket. Seattle traffic tickets are very profitable for the legal system and for the insurance industry. If you ask any Seattle traffic lawyer, the advice will be the same: fight your traffic ticket! The attorney fee that you pay for your traffic ticket attorney is well worth keeping the ticket off your driving record.

    DO NOT PAY YOUR SEATTLE TRAFFIC TICKET, CALL A SEATTLE TRAFFIC LAWYER TODAY AT (206) 409-7608

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    Seattle Traffic Ticket Lawyer in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties

    Traffic Defense Law Firm defends traffic infractions throughout King County and in parts of Snohomish and Pierce Counties. We have offices in Bellevue and Seattle. Traffic infractions do not typically come with disputed facts. Many of our clients will admit to the officers report. So there are no required office visits to meet with our Seattle traffic ticket lawyer. We will call you if we have any questions about something. Or you can always call us if you have a question. But typically, with traffic infractions, the facts are straightforward.

    In King County, our legal services extend to Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Auburn, and Kent. In Snohomish County, we help people in Everett, Lynnwood, and Bothell. We also help people in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. We also handle traffic matters in Grant County, Ellensburg, Franklin County and Spokane.

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