What Has Your Experience Been Like In Handling Traffic Ticket Cases?
I’ve been practicing in the state of Washington for almost nine years. The first year I worked at the prosecutor’s office in Kitsap County. Then I transitioned to private practice. I worked at a large defense firm in Lakewood, WA. The main focus at that firm was DUI defense and traffic ticket defense. I was there for five years. I ran my employer’s traffic infraction practice which is one of the traffic ticket defense firms in the state. I fought over 10,000 tickets when working at that office. Two and a half years ago I decided it was time to open up my practice, Garguile DUI & Traffic Lawyers. We focus on driving-related infractions whether that be civil or criminal.
Seventy percent of my business is focused on fighting traffic infractions for drivers in courts located around the greater Puget Sound. Besides, traffic tickets, I also represent clients facing criminal driving charges, such as DUIs, reckless driving, and driving while license suspended.
For traffic tickets, we practice in several district and municipal courts. We work in Snohomish County, King County, Pierce County, Thurston County, Lewis County, and Kitsap County; and the municipalities located within those counties. We do criminal defense for driving-related charges in Pierce, Thurston, and Kitsap Counties.
What Will Readers Get From Reading This Book?
I hope to educate people on traffic infractions in the state of Washington. So many people pay for the ticket. They don’t understand that they have other options when it comes to resolving their traffic tickets. We pride ourselves in helping individuals make the best decision for there situation.
There are three things that you can do with a traffic ticket in Washington State. The first is to pay for the ticket. The second is to mitigate the ticket. In a mitigation hearing, you’re saying, “I committed the offense and I’m okay with the traffic ticket going on my driving record. However, I want a reduction in the fine.” The third option, the one that I traditionally recommend, is what’s called a contested hearing. A contested hearing is where you’re not necessarily saying you didn’t do it but you want the state or city to prove that you committed the infraction.
My goal in putting together this book is to explain to Washington drivers their options. Hopefully, drivers can make an informed decision that’s going to result in the best possible outcome for their traffic ticket.
What Are Some Common Types OF Traffic Tickets That Your Firm Defends In Washington?
We handle almost every type of ticket you can receive in the state of Washington. We serve the district and municipal courts in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, and Kitsap Counties. The most common type of traffic ticket issued to drivers is a speeding ticket. Other common types of tickets are for infractions involving an accident. Usually, these are for a following too close, speeding too fast for conditions, and a failure to yield. The other most common type of infractions that I handle is an HOV infraction and a cell phone infraction.
Do Most People Simply Just Accept A Traffic Ticket, Pay It And Move On?
In 2018 there were 738,746 traffic tickets given out to Washington drivers. Of those 318,448 paid the ticket. They never fought it (contested it), they just wrote a check to the court and went on with their day.
Roughly 43% of people incorrectly decided that it was better to pay for the ticket. Interestingly, 96,893 of the 738,746 individuals ticketed, 13 percent, chose to fight their ticket. I would say only about half of those hired an attorney and the others decide to contest the ticket on their own. The majority of people pay the ticket or mitigate the ticket. Over the past ten years between 12-14 percent of people decide to fight their traffic tickets.
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