Seattle, WA asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington

Q: Is it worth hiring a traffic lawyer for a moving violation in a rental car?

I recently got a ticket for going "too fast for road conditions" and sliding over an embankment. The rental company's insurance got billed instead of my own, so I'm not sure if it would even affect my insurance rates, and that's the only reason I would consider hiring one instead of contesting it myself. Is it worth it?

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Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Arlington, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: That depends. That the rental car company insurance will pay for the damage is not the point. You received the ticket because of your driving and the vehicle damage issue is not relevant. If you decide to defend the ticket yourself and you lose because the court rules against you, it will go on your driving and insurance records and could very likely affect your insurance record and may cause an increase in your insurance rates. You should contact an experienced traffic ticket defense lawyer so that you have the ability to minimize any impact on your license and insurance. Good Luck!

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