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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

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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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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.

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Q: I was pulled over in one county but the municipal court on my ticket is from a different county. Is this possible?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Nov 14, 2019

There are a couple of possibilities, but a lawyer would have to look at the ticket to answer for sure. Could be an error by the citing officer. There are jurisdictions that 'share' a court, when one town doesn't want to maintain its own court. I have never heard of them being in... Read more »

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Q: First time getting a ticket for illegal use of emergency equipment(Blue Uber Light)

Is there a way to get it lifted? I didnt know it was illegal if the light wasn't a flashing light?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Sep 16, 2019

What court is it in? We have some experience with those, and I can't imagine that the blue Uber light should be found to be a violation of that statute.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: How do I get my case dismissed?

I got a ticket for dws. I wasnt driving. Car wasnt running. And no keys in the ignition. Parked in a parking lot at a gas station. Wasnt even my car. So I went to court on the date the ticket told me to. Which was 2 weeks from the date I got the ticket. I wasnt on the docket. I asked the court... Read more »

James Laukkonen
James Laukkonen answered on Sep 13, 2019

There are a couple items that jump out at me here. The first is that driving while your license is suspended is not just a ticket. It is a criminal offense. It isn't a very serious offense, but it is still a criminal charge. I know the form that they wrote it up on looks just like a traffic... Read more »

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Q: If a minor drinks and is reported 2 months later can they get in trouble?

Hi so I’m in a situation where I was driving 2 of my drunk friends home (I have a permit not a license) they both have a license but they are underaged. I’m going to court in 2 weeks and I don’t want to get my friends in trouble so I don’t know if I should mention the fact they were drunk.... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 6, 2019

You are right that they can't really file a criminal charge (like MIP) without some further evidence besides your statement. But if they are on any kind of probation, it could possibly be used against them. If they are in school, particularly in athletics, I could see some possible... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Washington on
Q: So I am correct a driver's license is not required for driving my vessel?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 1, 2019

Not a driver's license, but a boater's license is required (for most people, depending on your age).

https://boat.wa.gov/BoatersCard.asp

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Q: In washington state does the complete address have to be correct on a speeding ticket. The county is wrong.
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Jun 27, 2019

Address where it happened, or address where the driver lives? One may matter, the other doesn't.

How much it matters depends on the specific facts and the court / judge who will hear the case. Some errors on tickets are significant, but not all. I don't think anyone can answer...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I’m a bit confused on the wording of this law in WA state: RCW 46.61.685

So if the motor is not running is that okay?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Mar 26, 2019

Correct - that crime is only committed if the engine is running.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: Still haven't paid two tickets from 8 months ago can I still hire a lawyer to have them dismissed?

My son inlaws license has now been suspended because he didn't pay the tickets and as of December he owed $600 to get his license back and the fines paid. He hasn't had the money to pay. My son just had two tickets that were dismissed but of course, they weren't past due and his... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Feb 21, 2019

It is definitely not too late to hire a lawyer, but what they can do at this point might be limited.

Depending on the court, it may still be possible to get them withdrawn from collections, and back on a calendar in front of a judge to fight them. This is actually fairly common, but every...
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Q: Can you get a dwls 3rd degree while on a motorcycle in Washington state

Had no knowledge of my suspended license also didnt have a permit for motorcycles but was not cited for it

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2019

Why was your license suspended? Why did you not know about it? Have you kept your address up to date with the DMV? Have you paid all necessary license and registration fees on time? Did the state contact you or try to do so re: your suspended license? And why were you driving without a permit? More... Read more »

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Q: How much is a DWLS 3? How do you go about quashing a warrant?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Aug 20, 2018

Different courts handle them differently. I have seen everything from $0 fine to over $900 in fines. If you can get relicensed, most courts will cut you a big break, maybe amend to a non criminal infraction or something similar to that.

You should call the court and ask their warrant quash...
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Q: i'm 16 got a ticket for violation of my permit, no insurance and 30 over. Can i pay the ticket without a parent?
Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Apr 19, 2018

If you went to the courthouse and paid the ticket, there is no reason anything would ever be sent to your house by the court. However, DOL will likely mail you a warning letter for having an infraction appear on your record.

Plus, your intermediate license will get revoked if you get two...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Q: I was pulled over and given a driving while suspended infraction and no ignition interlock infraction. Had a DUI in 2012

I got 5 years bench probation for the DUI...it has been 6 years so am I safe from getting a probation violation?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Apr 12, 2018

Probably. The five years can get extended in certain circumstances, so someone would have to look at the court docket to confirm that they closed their jurisdiction.

If you didn't have probation violations, and never missed court dates, then it should have closed five years from the...
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Q: I got pulled over at 18 didnt yield no license or insurance now 24 and haven't taken care of it can I get my permit?

I didn't know it wasent taken care of I wish I did just not sure what steps to take but want to start driving as soon as I can

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Mar 29, 2018

If you were 18 at the time, then the only restriction that results from that should be payment of fines. They probably went to collections, so you would have to contact the court and find out how to pay them. Once the fines are taken care of, you are probably clear to apply for a license.... Read more »

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Q: Can I get a ticket in the mail if the officer never gave me a ticket on scene and never said I was going to get one?

I was pulled over for speeding on the freeway (about 15 over) and I was pulled over by a motorcycle cop. He asked for my license and went back to his bike, but never gave me a warning or a ticket. He just said "that's all I needed" and left? What does that mean? Am I going to receive... Read more »

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Mar 8, 2018

They can write a ticket and mail it to you, that does happen. But it's very rare. If he didn't write it then, that probably means he isn't going to.

But no, no warning necessary. I would make sure your address is correct with DOL to make sure that if he does send you a...
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Q: I got a speeding ticket in a school zone by going 28mph and that has to be 20mph Also by not a having license.

What can I do? Can i fight the case if it was my first ticket?

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson answered on Mar 8, 2018

Sure you can fight it. School zone tickets are obviously expensive, as are violations for no license. It makes a huge difference if you just left your license at home, as opposed to not having a license.

You should really talk to a lawyer who practices in this area of the law in the county...
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