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Being issued a traffic ticket can be a frustrating experience at best, and at worst can impact your insurance, and potentially your job if you drive for a living. This is why it is so important to try to keep traffic tickets off your record by hiring a lawyer with a record of getting tickets dismissed. I have handled thousands of tickets over the last 15 years of my practice so I know exactly what it takes to keep you in the driver's seat.
You only have 15 days to respond to the traffic ticket. If you do not, the court will send it to the Department of Licensing as a Failure to Appear and the court sends the ticket to a collection agency and the DOL takes action to suspend your license. Contact an lawyer immediately upon receiving the ticket to ensure this does not happen, as once an FTA is entered and the suspension process begins, there is no guarantee that you can reverse those actions so the ticket can be dismissed.
I always recommend requesting a "Contested Hearing" as this keeps all your options open. If you request a mitigation hearing, the ticket goes on your record unless you request a deferred finding.
As a lawyer based in Tacoma, I have been representing Washington Drivers and fighting traffic tickets for over 15 years. I have handled thousands of tickets with a 99% success rate. My success results from either able to get the ticket dismissed entirely or reduced to a lesser violation so that it either does not go on your driver's record or have the impact on your insurance rates like the original citation would.
If a traffic ticket cannot be dismissed, a deferred finding is an option a driver has to keep one moving and one non moving violation off their record every 7 years. A deferral is an agreement with the court to get no tickets for up to one year, pay a court fine and sometimes attend a traffic school. I don't recommend a deferred finding in most circumstances as often there are other ways to keep the ticket off your record instead of using this option. There are also several exceptions that vary from court to court as to why you wouldn't be granted a deferral, often courts won't grant one if the ticket was in a school zone, involving an accident, and it is always up to the judge's discretion. CDL holders are never eligible to receive a deferral.
This type of infraction deferral or deferred finding is not to be confused with a "Deferred Prosecution" on a DUI or other misdemeanor charge.
Absolutely, and as a lawyer I have represented trucking companies and the traffic tickets their drivers get for over 15 years, so I know how important it is to get tickets dismissed and to keep tickets off not only the driver's record, but the company's as well. My many years of experience representing commercial drivers means I know what it takes to keep you on the road.
As a parent myself, I understand the goal of wanting your teen driver to be responsible for their actions. However, what most parents don't understand is the impact a traffic ticket has on not only the teen's record but on the parent's insurance. I have had many parents want their child to "suffer the consequences" only to find that having two traffic tickets or more on their record, their child's license is now suspended which places a hardship on the family to provide transportation in addition to skyrocketing insurance rates. Don't let this happen to you-contact me today and I can go over the full spectrum of possibilities with you so you don't end up being the one punished.
Traffic Tickets can cost you in terms of fines and higher insurance rates and potentially even lead to a license suspension or .
The fine on the traffic ticket is just the beginning.
Higher insurance rates from tickets on your record will cost you for 3 years, and if high risk insurance is required, your insurance rates could double. Contact a lawyer to see what the options are to get it dismissed, or to keep it off your record.
No guarantees are ever given, and it is a case by case basis. However, Washington has many defenses to traffic tickets that are the basis for citations to be dismissed or amended to a lesser violation. My job is to find one in your case.
If a traffic ticket is not dismissed, sometimes other options are available. A Deferral can be granted once every seven years, one for a moving violation, and one for a non moving violation. You must not receive any tickets for a period of one year, pay a court fee, and the ticket will not appear on your record. A deferral is granted at the court's discretion and it is NOT an option for those with a CDL. In some cases, another option includes amending a violation so that it does not negatively impact your insurance..