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  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: August 19, 2019

As of July 28, 2019, new HOV lane laws went into effect increasing penalties for HOV and carpool lane violators in Washington State. Beginning this summer, drivers caught misusing HOV lanes will not only be penalized with paying higher fines, but now will also face an entirely new fine if caught using the carpool lane with a dummy, doll, or other decoy posing as a passenger in an attempt to utilize the HOV lane. Under Senate Bill 5695, the state Legislature approved penalty increases for violators of HOV lanes, as well as high occupancy toll (HOT) and express toll lanes (ETL) regulations. Changes to the HOV law now include: Raising the…Read More

What Is A WA HOV Traffic Ticket?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: February 22, 2019

We all know the bad news without needing headlines to prove it: Western Washington traffic – and drivers – are among the nation’s worst. For many of us, sitting in stop-and-go traffic is mind-numbing and infuriating. The latest studies offer a litany of proof. An insurance-industry ranking of states, based on accidents and moving violations, concluded that in 2018 Washington drivers were the nation’s tenth-worst (the year before, we were fifth-worst.) In terms of extra hours spent sitting on congested roads, Seattle drivers ranked #9 and Tacoma drivers #16 in 2016, compared with motorists in other urban areas around the country. To put this in practical terms, the average morning…Read More

Is a Traffic Lawyer Worth It?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: February 14, 2019

Recently, I received our first email from an unhappy client since opening Garguile Law over two years ago. The client did not believe a traffic lawyer was worth it. They were upset with the result of their case. I represented this individual on a speeding ticket they had received and was able to reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation successfully. This reduction kept the speeding ticket off their driving record and prevented it from affecting the individual's insurance rates. I was shocked and frustrated because they thought our service was a scam! The client’s main issue with the outcome of the case was that they still had to pay a…Read More

How to Handle Your Teen’s Traffic Ticket on an Intermediate License
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: January 26, 2019

In Washington State, an Intermediate License is a particular type of license for new drivers. Specifically, any driver that is either 16 or 17 years old will have what’s called an intermediate license. If your teenager just got their license and is starting to drive, you have vigilant about the safety of both your child and your vehicle. While you want to let your teen experience the joy and freedom that comes from being behind the wheel, you also want to be sure that your kid won’t create havoc in the process. That being said, teenage drivers are going to make mistakes, no matter how careful you or they are. Excellent driving…Read More

Moving Versus Non-Moving Violations
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: December 7, 2018

As a traffic ticket attorney, a common question I get from potential clients is whether the traffic infraction they recently received is considered to be a moving or non-moving violation. More importantly, drivers are usually curious about how they can best handle the ticket they were given. In Washington state, traffic tickets are broken down into two categories. Your infraction is either classified as a “moving violation” or “non-moving violation.” The distinction between the two is important because generally only moving violations carry long-term consequences. What is a Moving Violation? In Washington, a “moving violation” is any traffic infraction that is committed by the driver while the car is moving.…Read More

Why You Should Hire A Traffic Ticket Lawyer For Your Speeding Ticket
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: November 17, 2018

Nearly everyone has received a Speeding Ticket at some point in their driving history. However, most people underestimate the severe impact that traffic and speeding tickets could have on their daily lives. Most drivers know that if they do not address the ticket by paying the fine or responding within the 15-day deadline in Washington State, the Department of Licensing (DOL) can suspend your license. A common problem I hear is that people do not know how to fight a ticket, or feel the cost of a speeding ticket attorney or time off work to appear in court is not worth the hassle. So, most individuals opt to pay the fine, have…Read More

15 Reasons A Speeding Ticket Will Not Be Dismissed
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: July 3, 2018

As a Washington State Traffic Ticket Attorney, I spend the majority of my days fighting Speeding Tickets in Court. Most drivers today don’t believe there are legitimate reasons a speeding ticket can be dismissed. The truth is there are successful ways and reasons a speeding ticket can be dismissed. Unfortunately, when drivers decide to fight/contest their speeding ticket (without a traffic ticket attorney), many use the same unsuccessful arguments in court. One of the most common reasons a speeding ticket can be dismissed is based on an evidentiary technicality. These technicalities revolve around the admissibility of the result of the speed measuring device (SMD). The SMD is the device that police officers use to…Read More

Can You Speed To Pass A Slower Vehicle In Washington State?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: April 26, 2018

A few weeks back, I received a phone call from a potential client (PC) asking if I would be willing to represent him in appealing his speeding ticket that was recently found committed (guilty) by the Judge who heard his case early that week. Although I have appealed my fair share of traffic infraction cases over the years, my general rule of thumb is only to appeal a case where an infraction lawyer was initially involved in fighting the case (the reason for this deserves its own discussion), so I passed on his case. However, I was interested in the issue, and this potential client was adamant that he would…Read More

What To Expect At A Contested Hearing For A Traffic Ticket
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: February 8, 2018

As we continue in our series focusing on the various ways you can respond to a traffic ticket in Washington state, we wanted to address some common questions related to choosing a Contested Hearing For A Traffic Ticket. If you decide to fight your infraction there can be a lot of things to consider, and the process can often be a bit confusing, especially if you are not familiar with general court procedures. Take a look at some of our recommendations and responses to frequently asked questions related to a contested hearing for your traffic ticket below. What is a contested hearing for a traffic ticket? First things first, what is…Read More

Should I Request A Mitigation Hearing?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: January 10, 2018

In Washington state, there are three ways in which an individual can respond to a traffic ticket. The three options include: Simply paying the ticket; Requesting a mitigation hearing; and Requesting a contested hearing. Today we will delve into the details of option number two a Mitigation Hearing. We will discuss what a mitigation hearing is and also share our thoughts on why you should not go with a mitigation hearing except for special circumstances. ​​What is a Mitigation Hearing? A mitigation hearing in Washington State is a hearing where the defendant (you) has a chance to explain the circumstances of the incident to the judge. At a mitigation hearing, you will…Read More

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