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  • Hello, I received a parking ticket for $450 due to parking in a handicap residential spot.

    Hello, I received a parking ticket for $450 due to parking in a handicap residential spot. I requested a hearing because that handicap spot was invalid. The person who maintained this spot was deceased. Is there any way for me to fight this ticket...

    Alexander’s Answer

    Per RCW 46.19.050, (or SMC 11.72.065 if the citation was issued in Seattle) the judge cannot suspend more than half of the fine, so if you mitigate, the lowest fine is $225.

    You said that the spot was "invalid", and you mentioned that the person who maintained the spot was deceased. Was the handicap parking sign still posted? If so, you have a problem.

    Also, if you are cited again with this infraction, you will be required to complete 40 hours of community service working for an organization that serves the disabled or other similar organization.

    I actually work and practice in Seattle and most of my business is traffic infractions. If you have more questions feel free to call (206)724-2436.

    - Alex Jensen

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  • Do I have to appear in court on a traffic matter if I hired an attorney, and if not. Why not?

    I just want to know if I have to appear

    Alexander’s Answer

    While it is true that most courts in Washington will allow your attorney to waive your presence, there is at least one judge who will refuse to grant a waiver. If your ticket is in Mason County you will have to appear in court.
    99% of the time you don't need to show up, unless 1) you are actually subpoenaed by the prosecutor (which is very rare but has happened to one of my clients before), or 2) your lawyer recommends that you appear to provide testimony (again, very rare, and in my experience occurs most often in cases involving an accident.

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  • How do I tell if the Officer filed my ticket on time?

    I received the discovery info on my too fast for conditions ticket. I cannot find the date he filed the ticket.

    Alexander’s Answer

    You can politely ask the court clerk when the ticket was filed. Also, if your ticket is in a King County District Court or the Seattle Municipal Court, there are computers set up in the courthouse that have information about the tickets.

    Actually, if the ticket is in Seattle Municipal Court you should be able to check online. In Seattle Municipal the date is also stamped on the top of the ticket, but it is in a code and the date uses the Julian calendar so it is hard to read.

    Feel free to give me a call if you want and I will help you find the date filed free of charge.

    Alex Jensen
    (206)724-2436

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  • Expired Tabs Ticket while Parked

    This is a complex situation. My dad's old, extra car has been in my care & control but his name is still on the title (no way to get paperwork to transfer). I went to renew the tabs before they expired but couldn't pass emissions due to an engine ...

    Alexander’s Answer

    Other attorneys have done a good job explaining how to handle the Expired Registration charge, so I won't discuss that further.

    However, you may not need to sell your dad's car. In Washington State a vehicle owner is allowed to request a waiver from the emissions requirements once $150 is spent on emissions related repairs by an ASE mechanic. http://www.emissiontestwa.com/e/faq.aspx#14 check out this website for more information.

    Maybe it is not worth the trouble for you, but I figured it couldn't hurt to share the info with you. Good luck!

    Sincerely,
    Alex Jensen
    (206)724-2436

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  • Going 25 through a 20 mph park zone, officer wrote 35 in a 30. Should I challenge?

    Two cop cars with I assume radar. officer said they received "many complaints" from neighbors about speeders through there, so were focusing on speeders. I live there, I don't "zip" through because my own daughter plays in the park. The park wa...

    Alexander’s Answer

    Did you receive this ticket in a National Park or National Forest? If you did, then the case will be heard in Federal Court and is treated like a crime. If that is the case, I strongly suggest that you hire an attorney with experience in Federal Court.

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  • I received a photo speeding ticket in the mail. I wasn't driving my vehicle. If I dispute, am I required to ID the driver?

    My understanding is a dispute makes it basically my word against a camera, but I don't want to have to ID the person driving the car. Would some sort of 5th Amendment interpretation apply?

    Alexander’s Answer

    RCW 46.63.075 provides that the registered owner is presumed to be the driver of the vehicle. Subsection (2) provides that the registered owner may overcome this presumption only if he or she states, under oath, in a written statement to the court or in testimony before the court that the vehicle involved was, at the time, stolen or in the care, custody, or control of some person other than the registered owner.

    Nothing in this language requires you to name anyone else. Doesn't mean that the court won't ask though. Stand your ground, and bring a copy of the statute with you (you can google it).

    Good luck!
    Alex

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  • Is the photo enforced ticket that I received going to show up on my drivers license abstract? Will it affect my job hiring?

    My question is about getting a new job. is my potential future employer going to see it on my abstract? Will it affect me being hired?

    Alexander’s Answer

    Photo tickets are treated like parking tickets. This is because the ticket is sent to the registered owner, rather than being served on the person who actually committed the infraction.

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  • Can a photo ticket cause a defferal violation?

    I went to court Nov 2012 for a speeding ticket that the judge then deffered. This morning 1/28/2013 I was driving in a school zone and a flash went off, which I am assuming was to take a picture of my vehicle. I looked down at my speedometer to ...

    Alexander’s Answer

    Photo enforced speeding tickets are not treated the same as the average speeding ticket. A photo enforced ticket is sent to the registered owner, and not necessarily the person who actually drove the vehicle. Because of this, the photo ticket is essentially treated like a parking ticket, although a very expensive parking ticket.
    There is still a chance that a court might deem a committed photo ticket as a violation of the deferral conditions. To be safe, you should speak with an attorney who regularly handles traffic infractions in both of the locations where you were ticketed.

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  • Does California offer Deferred Adjudication on a speeding ticket in a CMV? I know I'm not eligible for Traffic School. Thx

    69/55.. I'm willing to pay fine but there's got to be a way to keep violation off my license, surely. I was paced by CHP, & know I've not got a snowballs' chance of beating it

    Alexander’s Answer

    There is a Federal Law that prohibits states from "masking" tickets for individuals that possess a Commercial Drivers License. I can't speak to California, but in Washington State there are a number of attorneys that specialize in this area of law.

    If driving is how you make your living, I would suggest contacting an attorney who regularly handles traffic matters in the jurisdiction where you were ticketed.

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  • May i request amnesty from my traffic tickets ?

    my tickets are in collections and i have approxamately 7 of them that are keeping me from my license being unsuspened ,

    Alexander’s Answer

    I notice that you are in Milton, WA. If any of your tickets are out of the Tacoma Municipal Court, you may be able to perform community service instead of paying the fines. The court clerk will have the paperwork necessary for a hearing.
    Other than that I agree with other posts - try to set up a payment plan.

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