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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Washington on
Q: What will my consequences be when my court date comes around?

I just got pulled over for expired tabs,and the cop smelled my weed in my car,he gave me a few options but in the end he didn't search my car because I gave up my weed. There was about a 4th of weed in the jar. I'm 19 and he did no field sobriety tests,and I live in Washington state

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Jahnis John Abelite answered on Sep 5, 2020

It depends. If the officer did not have you do any field sobriety tests and he did not get a warrant for a blood draw, then there shouldn't be any basis for a DUI charge to be filed against you. It appears that he could issue a traffic infraction for expired tabs which is not a criminal... Read more »

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Q: Cop told me he wasn't going to give me a ticket. He didn't hand me any papers. 2 weeks later I got a ticket in the mail.

Cop pulled me over for going 60 in a 45. After running my license, he came back and told me he wasn't going to give me a ticket, just a citation. He didn't give me any papers or anything to sign. 2 weeks later I get a ticket in the mail for a speeding ticket from that night. Should I try... Read more »

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Jahnis John Abelite answered on Aug 17, 2020

It depends. First, a speeding violation is issued in a document called an infraction, commonly called a ticket, that only can require a driver to pay a fine and there is no possibility of jail time or other personal penalties. Citations are normally criminal citations, also called criminal... Read more »

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Q: How can months after my license was suspended can the state impose new requirements for me to get my license reinstated?

License was suspended for 90 days because of being charged with a dui. After a year and a half of programs, counseling, driving classes, victim panels and fees went to court and had the charge reduced to a reckless. Which then came with another suspension of 30 days plus all of the fees AGAIN!! To... Read more »

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Jahnis John Abelite answered on Aug 4, 2020

When a driver is arrested for a DUI in Washington State, there are two different public agencies that have the authority to control what happens to the driver: the courts and the state drivers license agency, here DOL. The court has certain authority over the defendant and his or her criminal... Read more »

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Q: In 2015 got a ticket in Washington state, what can I do? my fiance died 2 days before my court date i forgot court?

Kelso or cowlitz not sure. Driving without a license. I reached out before, but was told I had to go to court, not a possibility. Clerk wouldn't speak to me.

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Jahnis John Abelite answered on Jul 28, 2020

You need to provide more information. A traffic ticket or infraction in Washington State carries with it a fine only with no chance of jail. If the driver fails to respond to the ticket, then a $52.00 penalty is added to the basic fine. If that total amount is not paid within 60 days, then the... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket for expired tags in February. And I still need to pay it but everything is shut down now.

My dog literally ate my ticket with all the information on it. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do especially with everything shutdown because of COVID 19.

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Jahnis John Abelite answered on Mar 29, 2020

Contact the district court closest to where you received the ticket by telephone Monday morning. The clerk will run your name and birthday and check your record. You can pay online to all courts. You also may wish to contact DOL at 360 902 3900 option 6 to check the status of your driver license.... Read more »

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Q: How do you fight a "My word against your word"issue?

I was pulled over by police officer during work. I was written a ticket for 55 miles an hour in a 40 mile-an-hour Zone. When I ask to see the radar box. The Box Read 50-48. I asked the police officer what those numbers were and he told me 50 was my speed and 48 was his speed. . When I asked why I... Read more »

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Jahnis John Abelite answered on Feb 10, 2020

It depends upon a number of factors. The cop is not required to show you the radar gun with its reading. Your best chance to beat this ticket or get a result that will not hurt your license or insurance records is to hire an experienced traffic lawyer who can provide you with the best possible... Read more »

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