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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Washington on
Q: I was hit, I called police because believed the other driver was at fault, when police arrived he said i was at fault
Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Dec 7, 2022

In accident cases there are two questions, often mutually exclusive. First who is liable for damages, injury and whatnot. Your insurance company attorney will handle that side of things. The other question is if one of the rules of the road was violated during the course of the accident. The... Read more »

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Q: In Washington State does the cop have to give you a ticket for what you were pulled over to ticket you at all?

In Washington State does a cop have to ticket you or give you a warning for what he originally pulled you over for to give you a ticket or arrest you for something different? What legally is a warning? Can he just tell you that he is giving you a warning or does it have to be a written warning?

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Nov 26, 2022

So long as an officer has a reasonable expectation that a traffic violation or crime has been committed, the officer has a valid reason to stop a vehicle. That the officer discovers a second violation, that they may have not had a way of knowing about until the vehicle as stopped, is also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: If you are at a stop sign, is it legal for a car behind you to pull out into the oncoming lane to try and pass you?

If you're on a local (non-arterial) street stopped at a stop sign (on a 2-lane road w/no lane lines) waiting to turn out onto an arterial, is it legal for one of the cars waiting behind you to pull up on your left (placing them in the oncoming lane of traffic) to try and pass you without... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 19, 2022

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. From a general traffic safety standpoint, going around you and circumventing the stop sign creates a hazardous condition, however it is addressed by state-specific vehicle and traffic law. You ask about the best... Read more »

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Q: How to file motion

In regards to having traffic infractions waived if only income is ss disability

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Aug 5, 2022

If the violation is found committed, they will want the entire fine. I have never heard of the fines being waived due to an inability to pay, although judges and prosecutors can be sympathetic. Many court (but not all) will offer a chance to pay fines through community service, such as... Read more »

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Q: Do I have ground to stand on in fighting a failure to yield ticket?

My wife was turning onto the highway from a side road. The other vehicle had his blinker on to turn on that road and was slowing down and starting to turn. My wife pulled out. The man realized he was at the wrong road, turned off his blinker, and turn back into the road, striking my wife. The state... Read more »

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Aug 1, 2022

First of all, it is very likely that the other driver gave a very different story. It therefore becomes a question of "They said" vs "They said." It sounds like your wife was either at a stop sign or otherwise had to yield, so the office wrote her for that violation without... Read more »

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Q: Speeding, 70 in a 60, no signage of anything or paperwork. WA.

I was stopped past midnight for speeding in the highway, was very polite to the officer as he was to me, he only wanted to see my I.D. and nothing else, no ticket was given to me on the spot, and no paperwork to sign etc, asked for my address however, and said I would be getting a ticket via mail.... Read more »

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Jul 23, 2022

No, the law was changes some years ago because people were refusing to sign and then getting the ticketed kicked out for no signature. Now it must simply be "served," including by mail. One reason to keep your address with DOL current.

If you don't get it in the next couple...
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Q: My girlfriend was pulled over tonight because officer claimed she had a light out over license plate. He charged her for

No license. No mention of no light over license plate on ticket. This light in no way is a public danger issue. and I believe the law changed to prevent the police from using a license light not working as an excuse to issue a $553.00 no license ticket. What is her defense?. She does not have a... Read more »

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Jun 10, 2022

It is legal for an officer to pull over a vehicle when they are unable to read the license plate. The vehicle may be stolen. The vehicle may be unregistered. The registered owner of the vehicle may have warrants. The theory also holds for those cool-looking dark grey plate covers that people... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Washington on
Q: Can an HOA ticket parking on public streets?

I received a letter from our HOA stating they are changing their enforcement policy on Trailers and RVs to include requiring a permit from them with parking time limits, etc. Not having a permit or exceeding those limits will result in a fine. This includes on the public streets. The HOA does not... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 18, 2022

My recommendation is that you hire a real estate of HOA attorney to provide you a legal opinion on this issue---assuming the legal opinion is in your favor, then I would provide a copy of the legal opinion to the HOA and its Board.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I was involved in a minor rear end accident, I was at fault. It was at a stop sign and I was three cars back.

I took my eyes of the road and rearended the auto in front of me. I was barely moving, minimal damage. (I had no insurance at this time) I took out my registration, drivers license and business card to give to the driver. She would not roll down her window. She did nod to say she was ok. She... Read more »

Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
answered on Oct 24, 2021

Did you call in and report the accident between when you left the scene and when the officer called you in the evening? If not, why not? By not doing so, you committed hit and run. The policy behind the law is if someone in one vehicle is injured, someone in the other vehicle should summon help.... Read more »

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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 »

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

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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
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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