Washington Traffic Tickets Questions & Answers

Q: How much is a DWLS 3? How do you go about quashing a warrant?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Aug 20, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
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 procedure, every court is different. It would be a very good idea to talk to a local lawyer before you go in there.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
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 infractions before you are 18. Therefore you really should talk to a lawyer about how to keep this one off your record. If you were to get a second one, it might be too late.

Best advice is...

Q: I was pulled over and given a driving while suspended infraction and no ignition interlock infraction. Had a DUI in 2012

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Apr 12, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
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 day of sentence.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Mar 29, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
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.

If you contact a lawyer, they can probably look the case up and help you figure all this out very quickly.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Mar 8, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
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 ticket you will get it. You don't want to be unaware and miss a court date.

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Mar 8, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
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 or city where you got the ticket.

Q: I got negligent driving 3.5 years ago and this is my only ticket ever. Is there a way I can get this off my record?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Mar 5, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
First or second degree? A first is probably eligible to vacate off your record (if it didn't start out as a DUI), but I don't know of any way to get rid of a second degree.

Q: I got a speeding ticket in my wifes car. How do i keep it off her driving record?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
She will have to contest the ticket. In most jurisdictions, she can sign an affidavit that she was not the driver and the ticket will be dismissed. Check the court's website, she may even be able to do that by mail without making a personal appearance. If you have questions, call the court clerk and they can explain the process.

Q: If pulled over for moving violation in WA, can officers automatically order you out of vehicle w/out lawful grounds?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018
Emily Beschen's answer
Assuming that you were stopped lawfully, and lawfully detained at the time, law enforcement can ask you to exit the vehicle.

Q: I thought I didn't have my registration on me but it turns out it was in my car the whole time, can I fight and win?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Jan 8, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
Some judges will dismiss if you show the registration. I would probably call the clerk's office at the court where the ticket is filed, and ask them what is common in that particular court. If it is a court that has a prosecutor in it, you can also call their office and ask what your options are.

If all else fails, you can send the ticket in for either a mitigation or contested hearing, and just take it up with the judge.

Q: if your driving your vehicle and say pull off to a gas station park, take your keys out of the ignition and go in store

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Jan 2, 2018
Stan Glisson's answer
It can be, if the officer has cause to believe she observed a crime being committed. Most often happens if the officer knows the driver and observes the driving; she can check the driver's license status from her car, and if the driver is suspended or revoked then sure, they can make that arrest.

Every set of facts are different, so definitely talk to an attorney about the specific facts of your case.

Q: can there be a crimme without a victim?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Dec 26, 2017
Stan Glisson's answer
Many crimes don't have a specific victim. Drug possession and DUI are quick examples.

Q: My leasing office towed my car from apartment parking. The reason was expired tabs. Is it legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Landlord - Tenant and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Look at your agreement. If it says residents can only park registered vehicles that means fully registered. It's a little persnickety of them but they can tow if they want.

Q: If I got pulled over for a speeding ticket. And I’m 18 will my mom find out?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017
Stan Glisson's answer
No one from the court system will intentionally contact her, if that's what you mean.

If you pay the ticket (by going to the courthouse and paying in person), that's the end of the court case. It will appear on your driver's record though, so if you are on her insurance she might find out through them. If you pay by internet or mail, they might mail you some kind of receipt.

If you contest (or mitigate) the ticket, then they will send you notice in the mail of a court date. So...

Q: If you cause an accident with no license and no insurance what kind of trouble could you be in?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Nov 6, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
Pay the damage and get a full release of all claims. You could foul things up by not having insurance or a license in which case it's unlikely--but possible--your car could be impounded if you insist on driving it.

Q: In park after closed. Wrong year of car written on ticket and statement. Can it be dismissed?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Washington on
Answered on Oct 26, 2017
Stan Glisson's answer
Why on earth are you doing a jury trial pro se? No, the errors on the citation aren't going to get you a dismissal. No, you do not NEED to subpoena the officer, unless you really want him to be there. I can't imagine the city can put on their case without him, so they will subpoena him.

Q: What is an average sentence for 3 warrants for traffic tickets that weren't paid if arrested?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Oct 26, 2017
Stan Glisson's answer
I would have to have some more detail. Traffic "tickets" usually means infractions, like speeding. Warrants can't be issued on those though, so I'm not sure what you mean.

Unpaid infractions result in a suspension, and driving while suspended is a crime. If that is what you're dealing with, it sounds like a 'third degree' suspension, which doesn't typically involve jail at all. It is a pretty minor offense in the grand scheme. The person should contact the court that has the...

Q: Will the county auditor report me when I go to transfer a car title into my name after 45 days?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Oct 20, 2017
Stan Glisson's answer
As far as I know, it's only a crime to DRIVE the car if the registration isn't transferred in 45 days. If you aren't driving it, no crime. No reason for the auditor's office to report you, and I can't imagine they would even if you did drive the car there.

http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.16A.030

Q: How does a person have a driving record amended? Court says our son was not at fault but still shows on driving record.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Oct 14, 2017
Peter Munsing's answer
First get court records, contact dmv see what you can do.

Second if that doesn't work contact your state legislators.

If he was hurt in the crash, contact a member of the State of Washington Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consults.

Q: Sent my ticket in the mail and forgot to write down ticket number how do i get it.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington on
Answered on Oct 12, 2017
Stan Glisson's answer
Call the court and ask them, that is probably the easiest way.

They will be sending you a summons for a court date, and that will have the case number on it if you don't mind waiting.

Or you could find it on line, https://dw.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=home.fmcd&terms=accept

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