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Lauren Mariko Gotchy

Lauren Gotchy’s Answers

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  • I received a Failure to Yield ticket from an accident involving myself driving a CDL Vehicle. Should I fight the ticket?

    I was pulling out of a parking lot onto a 4 lane road, I checked to the left, to the right, and to the left again and all 3 times the roadway appeared clear for me to pull out. As soon as I started pulling into the road I heard a "scraping" noise...

    Lauren’s Answer

    You should definitely contest this ticket. Your livelihood as a CDL driver requires that you keep your driving record as clean as possible. You and your attorney may raise an argument that the driver of the other vehicle was driving negligently or recklessly because it seems like the person's car was already damaged prior to making contact with your vehicle. Good luck.

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  • Stopped due to registered owner having suspended license -- illegal stop?

    1) An officer pulled me over after allegedly running the vehicle license plate and noting the registered owner as having a suspended license (another issue). Anyone could have been [legally] driving the vehicle -- spouse, child, other relative, f...

    Lauren’s Answer

    The officer can run your license plate even if you do not commit a traffic infraction or criminal offense. Driving is a privilege and the officer can pull you over if they believe that the driver's license is suspended. You might have an argument if the registered owner of the vehicle was a woman and you (a man) were stopped. An attorney can argue that once the officer realized that the registered owner was not the driver, he should have allowed the driver to continue.

    The officer doesn't have to tell you at the time of the stop why he pulled you over.

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  • Can I get an MIP a 5 months after the incedent?

    My friend got pulled over for speeding and we had alcohol in the back seat. We forgot it was there from the night before and the cop obviosly saw it. She got a speeding ticket and an MIP but was not arrested or breathalized. She is now going to c...

    Lauren’s Answer

    The prosecutor can file charges 5 months after the date of an MIP violation because it falls within the statute of limitations. Remember, that anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Therefore, I would never make a statement to a prosecutor regarding an action that is a violation of the law.

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  • What do i do about wa state coming after me over a year later dor a dui when i got no ticket no jail no court date

    i was pulled over and was over the legal limit i was taken to the jail and asked some questions given another breatherlizer and released no ticket no jail no court date and now over a year later i get a letter in the mail saying i missed my court ...

    Lauren’s Answer

    The statute of limitations in Washington is 2 years for a DUI charge. This means that the state has 2 years after the violation to file the case. Unfortunately, you may have received notice of your court date at the address last known to the court. Does the Department of Licensing and court have your current address? Make sure to keep your address current in order to get notifications of court dates. You definitely should retain an attorney to quash your warrant and represent you in your DUI case.

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  • Unsafe lane change??

    I got pulled over and given a ticket for unsafe lane change. I was in an intersection and the light was turning red and thought I might block the intersection. Checked the next lane which was wide open, turned on the indicator and changed lane slo...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Look on the back of the ticket you received from the police officer. There will be 3 boxes that describes what you want to do with the ticket: contest the ticket, mitigate the ticket, or that you committed the infraction.

    If you contest the ticket, you are basically saying that you did not commit the traffic infraction and that you want a court date to explain the circumstances to the judge. The judge will listen to your story and decide what to do with your case. He could find the infraction committed, amend the moving violation to a non-moving violation, or defer the judgement for a certain period of time with dismissal to follow compliant behavior.

    If you mitigate the ticket, you are basically saying that you committed the traffic infraction, but that there were circumstances that require a judge's consideration. The judge could lower the monetary amount of your ticket or defer the judgement.

    If you state that you committed the violation, you will be asked to send in your payment. Your driving abstract will reflect the traffic infraction as committed.

    If you have a clean record, the judge will probably be lenient if you contest or mitigate the ticket. If you argue that you were trying to be safe and did not break any laws, the judge could dismiss your case. The judge could also amend the moving violation to a non-moving violation. Or, the judge could defer your case for a period of time.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

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  • I was wondering if I needed a criminal defense lawyer and if they can get me out of my ticket?

    This is my side of the story. Basically this kid was staying in our room so his roommate could have his g/f sleep over. He brought his weed into our room without us knowing and then rolled a blunt which made a very large odor coming from our roo...

    Lauren’s Answer

    Let me clarify that there are mandatory minimum penalties for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in the State of Washington. You need to consult an attorney where the crime was alleged to have been committed to determine what the consequences will be in your individual case.

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  • I was wondering if I needed a criminal defense lawyer and if they can get me out of my ticket?

    This is my side of the story. Basically this kid was staying in our room so his roommate could have his g/f sleep over. He brought his weed into our room without us knowing and then rolled a blunt which made a very large odor coming from our roo...

    Lauren’s Answer

    I would definitely recommend that you consult an attorney about your case. You need an advocate to represent your interest. There are mandatory minimum penalties imposed by the legislature for the gross misdemeanors of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A conviction could affect your ability to get state aid, which would include your ability to receive financial aid at school. Retaining an attorney to negotiate your case is vital.

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