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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

What Is A Deferral – 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Defer Your Traffic Ticket
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: December 20, 2017

Today we are discussing traffic ticket deferral’s. This is our first post in our new series that focuses on the different ways you can respond to a traffic ticket in Washington State. If you are pulled over and given a traffic infraction you have several options for how to handle it. In our last post, we shared our recommendations for what to do when you are stopped for committing a traffic violation. For more information, you can take a look at that post here. But, if you are short on time, here’s the Cliff Notes version — ultimately our best recommendation for handling a traffic infraction is to contest the citation if…Read More

How Much Does A Speeding Ticket Cost In Washington State And What Should I Do If I Get One?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: December 6, 2017

It seems reasonable to say that we have all sped at some point or another while driving, and some may even speed more regularly than others, but how much is a speeding ticket fine in the state of Washington? In this post, we take a closer look at the price of speeding ticket fines and also provide a step-by-step guide for what to do if you get pulled over for a traffic ticket. Speeding Ticket Fine in Washington State Below is a list of the fines associated with various speeding infractions in the state of Washington. If you are caught driving above the posted speed limit here’s what you could be looking at…Read More

Blackout Wednesday And Impaired Driving: How To Prevent A DUI Charge This Holiday Season
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: November 23, 2017

As the holidays approach, we often get the chance to spend time with family, reconnect with old friends, and travel home to celebrate the joys of the season. Thanksgiving is this week and the Christmas holiday is fast approaching as well. There is is a lot too look forward to in the coming weeks, but it may not all be celebrations and joy. With the onset of the holiday season comes the inevitable increase in the number of drivers out on the roadways. Some of the busiest travel days occur during the winter holiday season, one of the biggest being around Thanksgiving. Also, many people add alcohol to their holiday…Read More

Drowsy Driving – 4 Common Risk Factors And Warning Signs
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: November 14, 2017

While you may not realize it, drowsy driving is a big problem on our nation’s roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 100,000 vehicle crashes are caused by drowsy driving each year. You’d likely be hardpressed to find a driver these days that has not gotten behind the wheel at some point knowing that they were a bit too tired to drive. With the constant demands of living in a 24/7 society, it can be difficult to maintain a routine sleep pattern and make sure you are getting enough rest on a daily basis. We all know it is not easy but it is important. State…Read More

Halloween Safety Tips
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: October 31, 2017

Have you picked out your costume yet? Have you planned out your Trick-or-Treat route for this year? Tomorrow is Halloween, and it is by far one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, especially in the Pacific Northwest. There are so many local events and activities to check out in the area. If you are still looking for something ghoulish to do, I recommend taking a look at this article from the South Sound Magazine: Tacoma’s Best Halloween Activities for some ideas. Even if you don’t plan on going out for Halloween this year, there can still be a lot of stress surrounding the holiday. Whether you are focused on making sure you…Read More

What Is An E-DUI And Why Should I Fight It?
  • By: Antonio Garguile, Esq.
  • Published: October 27, 2017

In the last few months, you may have heard some of the buzz surrounding Washington’s new E-DUI law. Also known as the new “Distracted Driving” law, the new policy was just recently implemented in late July of 2017. Texting while driving or holding the phone to your ear while driving has been illegal in the state of Washington for some time now, but you may not be as familiar with the new restrictions posed by the Electronic-DUI law that is starting to gain steam across the state. You may be wondering: what exactly is an E-DUI and is it really worth fighting if I get cited for one? The answers…Read More

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