Barbara Ann Bowden’s Answers

Barbara Ann Bowden

Lakewood DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Can I contest a speeding ticket for allegedly going 56 in a 30 MPH zone?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Mark C Blair
    2. Barbara Ann Bowden
    3. Alexander Phillip Jensen
    4. Chong Hae Ye
    5. Erika Wunderlich
    5 lawyer answers

    An attorney can challenge your speeding ticket. The defenses that are available apply whether you are going 2 mph over v. 26 mph over the limit. Hire an attorney who regularly handles speeding tickets and they can evaluate your case and explore options with you.

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  2. I just received a second DUI. My first was 6 years, 10 months ago. Am I close enough to the 7 year mark?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Nadine L. Bertman
    2. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    3. Michael E Harbeson
    4. Cristine Beckwith
    5. Barbara Ann Bowden
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Incident date to incident date. Even though the mandatory minimums go up significantly for a second offense, you may be eligible for a deferred prosecution. You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible to explore options available to you. Often times, even with a second offense, there may be issues with the case and you may be able to get a reduction. An experienced dui attorney can evaluate your situation and your case with you.

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  3. Is the registered owner required by law to identify the driver of their car in a camera citation situation ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Linda Medeiros Callahan
    2. Barbara Ann Bowden
    3. Andrew C Huff
    4. Alexander Phillip Jensen
    4 lawyer answers

    There is a presumption that the registered owner was driving. It seems the court shifts the burden to the driver to show you were not the driver. There are other ways to show you were not driving.... I would get an attorney on this matter. In answer to your questions, you need not tell WHO was driving. You may have to swear under the penalty of perjury you were not driving, but I don't believe you have to identify the driver.

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  4. I have a speeding ticket (60 in a 45) with an aggressive driving , failure to signal charge. What is my best course of action?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Andrew C Huff
    2. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3. Aaron Lukoff
    4. Barbara Ann Bowden
    4 lawyer answers

    In all walks of life there are good and bad. Some officers are nice and professional and others are not. I would hire an attorney. There are often defenses to tickets and mistakes made by the officer. What an attorney looks for are things such as a defective radar certificate, the officer failing to include his qualifications, etc. Get yourself an attorney.

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  5. Cops came to my house but did not cite or arrest me. Can they do it later?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kent W Underwood
    2. Lennard Anthony Nahajski
    3. Barbara Ann Bowden
    4. Andrew C Huff
    4 lawyer answers

    It will depend on how much evidence the officers were able to obtain. It is unclear if you talked to the officer, but unless someone smelled alcohol on you or had some personal observations of intoxication, I don't think they could prove this charge. There is case law out there that says a contact based on a anonomous tip, without coroboration isn't grounds to stop. More information is needed to answer this question.

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  6. My expired DL in WA was suspended for DUI in Idaho. Now ID won't renew because expired WA suspension. May I surrender WA one?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Lennard Anthony Nahajski
    2. Barbara Ann Bowden
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    I am assuming you live in Washington now and at the time of your suspension you had an idaho license. I would call customer service in washington at 360 902 3900 and make sure they have the information that you are now clear in the state of Idaho. Washington Department of licensing has an out of state desk who can coordinate with the two states. It sounds like it is just a matter of having Idaho send a clearance letter assuming there is nothing different suspending you in washington. Please...

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  7. IAlleged speeding in school zone at Bothell WA . How to/ tips on contesting so I win and it doesnt go on record?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Barbara Ann Bowden
    2. Lawrence A. Newman
    3. Zev Goldstein
    3 lawyer answers

    If it is important to keep this ticket off your record, I suggest hiring an attorney. An attorney can raise challenges to the citation including whether the radar unit used was calibrated, if the officer has the appropriate qualifications and if the officer included notes sufficient saying where the school zone was and where you were located. Additionally, the attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor for an amendment of the charge to something that will not go on your driving record. You...

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  8. I have probation payments due the 7th of the month and it falls on a sunday, if i pay the following day am i in violation?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel C Grupenhagen
    2. David Richard Damore
    3. Barbara Ann Bowden
    4. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    I am sure you will be ok if you pay on Monday. Go in, in person and ask when you make your payment so there are no surprises.

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  9. Speeding ticket by photo radar in Longview, WA. American Traffic Solutions equipment used. Driver not visible any defense?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Andrew C Huff
    2. Aaron Lukoff
    3. Barbara Ann Bowden
    3 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately as the registered owner of the vehicle, you are the presumed offender. A photo ticket however is treated as a parking ticket and does not go on your record. There are numerous defenses to these tickets and all the court seem to be handling them differently. I would find an attorney that handles photo tickets in your area and ask their opinion. If you can't afford an attorney for a $144.00 ticket, go sit in court when they do photo tickets and listen to the attorneys to find...

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  10. I got a speeding ticket and no tuning forks named

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott Weymouth Lawrence
    2. Barbara Ann Bowden
    3. Chong Hae Ye
    4. Daniel C Grupenhagen
    4 lawyer answers

    It should be a dismissal however it will depend who your judge is. Some judges don't require tuning fork information. If you hire an attorney, they will include a request for tuning fork information and certifications. Upon a request being made and the information not being produced you more likely than not can get your ticket dismissed. I recommend you contact an attorney who handles infractions in your area.

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