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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Just received a ticket from an infraction that happened 8 months ago
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 9, 2021

Make sure you respond (or hire a lawyer) right away. The ticket probably tells you that you have 14 days to respond, and if you miss that deadline it will be found committed by default.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: Hi my husband got a letter saying the department of licensing is taken away his driving privilege authority 46.20.207

46.25.060 because if suspension or revocation of your driving privilege in another state.. which makes no sense he lives in Washington and. Has not been anywhere but Washington and he didn't give anyone wrong info so we are so confused makes no sence

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite answered on Jun 5, 2021

Your best course of action is to call the DOL on Monday at 360 902 3900, option 6, and have them explain to you how this situation came about. They are the best source of information for you on this matter. Maybe someone impersonated your husband and maybe stole his identity. Once you get the facts... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: The right to travel does that mean it is legal to drive without a driver's license?
James Laukkonen
James Laukkonen answered on May 19, 2021

Having a right to travel does not mean that you have a right to drive a car. You can travel by walking, by riding a horse, or by many other methods that do not involve cars. Driving a car is a privilege, and all states regulate that privilege.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was in a car accident in my mother's car. I was not injured my girlfriend is a little sore and banged up.

I'm just wondering if I should obtain a legal services

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 29, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. If you mean in the sense of being sued as the driver, the insurance policy of the car would generally cover the driver, as a GENERAL premise nationwide, if the policy recognizes the driver as an authorized operator... Read more »

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Q: I was in a car accident in my mother's car. I was not injured my girlfriend is a little sore and banged up.

I'm just wondering if I should obtain a legal services

Steve Dashiak
Steve Dashiak answered on Mar 9, 2021

More information would be needed to fully answer this.

The most critical question here is: were you at fault for the accident, or was someone else?

Other critical questions include:

- does the at-fault party have insurance

- do you have liability insurance...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
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... Read more »

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite answered on Feb 9, 2021

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... Read more »

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Q: Can I get a speeding ticket in the mail if I was not pulled over?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Feb 8, 2021

Short answer yes, it happens all the time.

Most often from traffic cameras, but that is not the only source.

The fact that the ticket can be issued that way doesn't mean that these tickets can't be beaten though. A ticket that was issued by mail almost always has...
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Q: For a traffic ticket received in Snohomish County by a WA State Trooper, who is the Plaintiff and who is the prosecutor?

I received a ticket for failure to dim my brights, and I intend to contest it. I'm drafting a letter to request discovery, and am wondering if the plaintif is Sate of WA or Snohomish County? I'm also wondering how I find out who the prosecutor is that I need to serve? Thank you in advance!

Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite answered on Dec 7, 2020

Unless you are issued a traffic infraction or citation by a city policeman or a federal officer, e.g., national park ranger, the plaintiff is the State of Washington and not the county. You must respond within 15 days of the date you received the infraction or traffic ticket. You address your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Maximum License Suspension

I have an unpaid judgement against me due to uninsured accident. My license has been suspended for 13 years. Shouldn't the suspension period be 10 years?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 21, 2020

The judgment that suspended you may expire after 10 (or it can be renewed). But even if it expires, the license remains suspended until reinstated. It's possible that you are eligible to reinstate, but of course there can be multiple reasons that a license is suspended; while one expires,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I got a ticket for not having my insurance on me, I just wanted to know if the fee can be dismissed and do i get a point
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 13, 2020

Well Washington doesn't work on a point system, so you don't have to worry about that (although it is a similar system, where too many moving violations in certain time period can result in a suspension of your license).

But if you were insured at the time and have proof, that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
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 »

Jahnis John Abelite
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 »

Jahnis John Abelite
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.

Jahnis John Abelite
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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: Does an officer have to have a provable reason to pull u over

Case Description: So I had been driving home from getting my daughter and got lit up by a sheriff. I was about 100 yards from my driveway so I made the decision of not stopping right away and continuing to my driveway so my car wouldn’t possibly get towed and my daughter would have to be stuck in... Read more »

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Jul 11, 2020

They don't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed an infraction or something to pull you over. But there has to be a reason that they can explain and have some testimony towards the reason(s). For example, he could be saying I saw that this vehicle was traveling over the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Will the court dismiss my ticket from a police officer’s mistake when writing it, or should I hire an attorney?

I ran a red light pretty badly and was pulled over by a police officer on a motorcycle. He gave me a citation because he said I am a very young driver and marked the citation “No” in the 16+ Box, but I am 22 years old.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 11, 2020

Sorry, minor errors like that won't result in dismissal. Judges give police wide latitude in spelling errors, wrong checked box, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I was not pulled over!! but i received a no seatbelt ticket in the mail today supposbly it happened a month ago
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Apr 6, 2020

There is no legal requirement that you be pulled over, or that the infraction be issued at the time of the incident. Only that the offense occurred in the officer's presence or that he or she has reasonable cause to believe that it was committed.

RCW 7.80.050

Notice of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: My racing charge reduced to Negligent Driving 2nd degree, they charged me 553$ but online it says it's 250$.

RCW 46.61.525 - Washington

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl answered on Apr 3, 2020

When the State amends a criminal offense like reckless driving where you are looking at a fine up to $5000, and jail up to 364 days and losing your license for 30 days and you get an infraction instead. Pay the money.

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
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.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Mar 30, 2020

You can call your county district court and they can look it up for you. Courts aren't shut down, but many have limited hours. If you were stopped in a city by a city police officer, you might want to try the municipal court.

Make sure you act quickly, after 15 days the court can...
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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 »

Jahnis John Abelite
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 »

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: On 3/3/16 I got a dui, did everything for it. Just recently I got a speeding ticket and the court I got my dui in sent

Me a show cause hearing. What does this mean?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Dec 12, 2019

It is probably a type of probation violation hearing. Different courts use different terminology, but I would guess that's what that is. Typical DUI probation is 5 years, and depending on the judge they sometimes consider traffic infractions to be probation violations.

You can call...
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