What If I Fail to Address My Traffic Ticket in Time?
In most cases, a person has a period of 15 days to respond to a traffic infraction, after which they will no longer be able to fight the ticket. However, judges have the discretion to reopen a case for any reason they deem just. Meaning that if someone has a valid excuse or good reason for missing the deadline, they can either contact a traffic ticket attorney to help them with the process of filing a motion to reconsider or write a letter to the judge pleading their case. At the end of the day, it’s up to the judge.
The Officer Used A Radar Gun, and It Shows That I Was Over the Speed Limit. Do I Have A Viable Defense?
Many people think that if they were speeding, there is nothing they can do to contest the speeding ticket. However, there are infraction rules that govern contested hearings, and the rules of evidence apply to infraction hearings. An officer must get all of the evidence into the record for the judge’s consideration, and if an officer fails to do this, then the traffic ticket defense attorney or the individual representing themselves can challenge the admissibility of a radar or LIDAR reading. If the evidence gets suppressed, then the ticket will likely be dismissed.
Many prosecutors in Washington State will be willing to reduce a ticket to a non-moving violation. This means that even if someone does not have legal grounds for disputing their speeding ticket, they could still potentially work out a deal with the prosecutor and limit the adverse consequences that a moving violation brings, such as negative impacts on their driving record and insurance rates.
The Officer Used A Radar Gun While Travelling in The Opposite Direction. Can He Do That?
Radar guns can capture readings in both stationary and moving mode. Despite most people being familiar only with stationary radar guns, almost all patrol vehicles in Washington State are equipped with radar guns that can capture readings in moving mode. For this to work, antennas are placed on the dash and the back of the patrol vehicle which allow the officer to capture a vehicle’s speed from either direction. The moving radar calculates the total speed between the two cars and subtracts the patrol car speed, which leaves the violator’s speed.
What Are Some Common Myths About Traffic Tickets in Washington State?
People commonly believe that a valid defense of speeding tickets is to argue that they were going with the flow of traffic; this, however, is not a defense in Washington State. In other cases, people will try to justify their reason for speeding, such as by explaining that they were going to be late for an appointment; this, however, is not a defense in Washington State. Perhaps the most common argument used by defendants is that they have a clean driving record, so they should be given a break. However, having a good driving record will have no bearing on whether or not a judge decides to dismiss a ticket. For a person to successfully fight a ticket, they must be able to make successful legal motions.
Is Fighting A Speeding Ticket Worth the Cost of Hiring an Attorney?
To avoid increased insurance rates, it is best to fight a speeding ticket with the help of an attorney. The average cost of car insurance in the greater Puget Sound is around $1,000 per year, and studies suggest that a single ticket can raise insurance rates by 15 to 20 percent. Since a traffic infraction for insurance purposes will stay on someone’s record for three years, there could be an insurance increase of at least $450 over the course of three years. This number is on the low end of what it could be and makes the presumption that there are no other tickets on the record and that no additional tickets are acquired over that three-year period. If there are multiple tickets on a record, then insurance rates could increase by anywhere from 30 to 50 percent. By hiring an attorney, a person could avoid having a ticket go on their record in the first place.
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