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Jon Michael Zimmerman

Seattle Speeding / Traffic Ticket Lawyer.

Contributor Level 14
  1. To try and get a non driving ticket removed from my record and not have to pay do i need to schedule a hearing?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    2. Andrew C Huff
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes. You must contest the ticket. Under Washington law, all infractions - traffic and non-traffic - are deemed committed UNLESS contested.

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  2. How long does an officer have to mail you a ticket?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Teresa Lynn Border
    2. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    2 lawyer answers

    This question has to do with ISSUANCE and not filing. An officer can *probably* issue a ticket up to 2 years after the incident in question. While the limitation for infractions is not expressly set out under statute (and hence I write probably above), civil infractions contain civil penalties that amount to forfeitures of bail to the government, and as such an officer would have up to two years to mail you a ticket. Jon Zimmerman

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  3. Do i need to hore a lawyer? Is my license going to be suspended?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    2. Travis S Jones
    2 lawyer answers

    Possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia are criminal offenses in the State of Washington; they are not tickets. What you might have received is a summons to appear. Read the notice carefully and contact a lawyer immediately so that you can review any paperwork you have with the lawyer. Also, you do not need to give a police officer permission to search your vehicle, nor do you need to answer questions about the contents of your vehicle. It sounds like you were pulled over for a...

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  4. I have expired tabs and I've got a ticket marked as a "trafic" I'm not sure if it will effect my insurance payment. Is it?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    2. Lance M Hester
    2 lawyer answers

    This is a really good question with some other good information here, so let me try to deconstruct some assumptions here that may not be accurate but results from somewhat confusing information. The short answer is that a tabs violation has no effect on insurance premiums, although your ticket is properly marked traffic (read on to see why). Not everyone gets their renewal letter - it's your obligation to keep the tabs current, but sometimes mail doesn't get delivered and sometimes the...

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  5. Officer's notes?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    1 lawyer answer

    Before you do anything, you should read my legal guide, "Fighting a Traffic Ticket in Washington State" on Avvo at http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/traffic-ticket-Washington . In order to fight your ticket, you must choose the contested option. With the mitigation option, you are admitting that you did what the officer cited you for, you're only asking for a reduction of the penalty. This is a short-sighted solution and is basically one of two options if you want to ask your...

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  6. Drug testing for tickets

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey Patrick Bassett
    2. Mark C Blair
    3. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    4. Stan Glisson
    4 lawyer answers

    Judges don't administer drug tests in Washington, and I have never seen a judge order a drug test for a negligent driving in the second degree case. Drug testing, however, could be appropriate for reasons distinct and separate from the neg-2 offense (e.g., a probation violation, a related criminal charge, etc.).

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  7. WA State speeding ticket contested hearing for driving at 30mph in a school zone.

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Stan Glisson
    2. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    2 lawyer answers

    School zone tickets are among the most common types of infractions issued by police. "Mistake" probably won't be the best defense; however, you might have many other defenses to the infraction and one of those defenses could end up saving you a lot of money on car insurance. Unfortunately, it is difficult even for an attorney to assess your situation without more specific facts. You might wish to contact me or another traffic attorney who can explain all of your rights.

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  8. 25 mph in a 25 mph, Officer wrote the ticket wrong

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    2. Oscar Michelen
    3. Ian C. White
    3 lawyer answers

    It's a good idea to fight your ticket if you want to save money on your insurance premiums and to keep your driving record clean. Certain errors on a ticket, but not all errors, can lead to a dismissal. But different judges have different views on particular errors.

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  9. Ex spouse had braces put on child without my permission, is this a violation under WA family laws

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    1 lawyer answer

    If you have a 50% say on non-emergent health care issues, and you have that in a written parenting plan, you may seek enforcement of the provisions of the parenting plan in court, however, you should look at the parenting plan first to see if the plan requies alternate methods of dispute resolution prior to seeking court intervention. However, a 50% say is not an ultimate say, as under the scenario you described, presumably your ex has a 50% say as well. In issues involving a minor child,...

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  10. In WA state can a non custodial parent give up visitation rights

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Jon Michael Zimmerman
    1 lawyer answer

    In Washington, you could choose to not exercise your visitation rights, but if you have a parenting plan in place already with visitation spelled out in the plan, then you could be in violation of a court order for violating the plan's arrangements, and you could risk court sanctions, such as a court deciding to place limitations on you should you wish to reengage in visitation if modification of the plan ever becomes an issue. Once a parenting plan is in place (for example, a plan that says...

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