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  • If I request a record of the courts for a traffic infraction violation and its been destroyed can I get that violation dismissed

    I have alot of old tickets I haven't had a ticket in 6 yrs I live in Ohio went to get my license renewed can't because WA has really old tickets on me I was told to write to the courts requesting a record of the courts for the traffic infraction ...

    Mitchell’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answers; however, depending on where the tickets are from (courts) you could enter into the re-licensing program. The problem is that you need to appear at the court to take advantage of that option. It might be worth it depending on whether you ever travel here or if the current fines are extremely high. Good luck.

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  • Do I have a chance to fight traffic ticket for not having front plate only. There are no other offenses.

    Stopped by police for no infection and cited for not having front license plate. Do I have a chance to fight it, since there are no other offenses?

    Mitchell’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answers. It is highly dependent on which court and prosecutor that you are dealing with as to how the matter can be resolved. RCW 46.16A.200 indicates that you must have both plates on your car, although they do provide the following exemption "(b) The Washington state patrol may grant exceptions to this subsection if the body construction of the vehicle makes compliance with this section impossible." This only becomes a viable issue if you have such a specific car that they do not make a mounting bracket.

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  • How can I find the best lawyer to represent my speeding ticket?

    I am not from Oregon and it's been really hard to find a lawyer for my speeding ticket. I would like to find someone to represent me to fight against it.

    Mitchell’s Answer

    You asked the question in the right place, type in speeding ticket and the location where you received the ticket and you should get a listing of attorneys that handle tickets in that area when you use AVVO. If nothing comes up on your first try, expand the area of the search or search in criminal law. Then start contacting the attorneys to see who is the best fit for your situation. Additionally, you could call the clerk of the court and ask for any helpful advise or the local bar association. Good luck.

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  • Can you be fined for failing to display disable parking tag properly on city street parking?

    If you put an unexpired disable parking permit in front of the windshield , can you be cited under SMC 11.76.015?

    Mitchell’s Answer

    If this is a Seattle parking ticket, just request a contested hearing and the court automatically sets you for a magistrate hearing where you can then show the placard and the court should dismiss.

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  • Is it illegal to pass a school bus with its red lights flashing but no stop sign?

    When you are behind a school bus and it has pulled over to the right and turns its red lights on are you supposed to stop? I am just asking for clarification sake. What if the lights are yellow?

    Mitchell’s Answer

    When a school bus has the "visual" red signals you are supposed to stop. When they are yellow it is a warning that they are going to change to red and you should proceed with caution, very similar to a yellow light at an intersection.

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  • Whose fault would a 3 vehicle collision be on a merging lane?

    I was the first car on the merging lane when I looked in my left mirror and saw a semi truck, estimating I would not make it and knowing I had to yield to on going traffic I began to gradually slow down and so did the car behind me, as I was going...

    Mitchell’s Answer

    You may not get a ticket, but if you do I would contest the infraction. Presumably insurance knows about this accident and will make their own determination. Normally the following driver is at fault in this type of situation.

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  • Should I contest a texting traffic violation?

    Today, while sitting at a red light looking at my phone, a motorcycle cop pulled up next to me and told me to pull over. He asked what I was doing and I said briefly checking email. He then wrote me up a ticket for 41.61.688.1a and said reading e...

    Mitchell’s Answer

    You should go to the hearing (and contest) as your odds go up when you appear versus writing a declaration that only the judge reads. Do not subpoena the officer and bring your cell phone records to court with you. King County has prosecutor's that appear and after explaining your situation you should be in good shape.

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  • Can I contest a traffic violation sent to me in the mail by a camera?

    I received a notice in the mail with a link to photos of my car supposedly going 35 in a school zone marked 20mph, in Washington state. Is there any way to contest the $243 fine? They sent me a link to 3 photos of the back end of my car, and one v...

    Mitchell’s Answer

    Photo tickets must be mailed to the registered owner within 14 days of the violation, here you state that it occurred on the 11th and was postmarked the 13th and you just received it, since the ticket was sent within the 14 days, it does not appear that there was a procedural violation regarding the sending of notice as when you receive it is not the issue. See the RCW here:http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.63.170
    With respect to the declaration of non-responsibility it is essentially the honor system, Washington's constitution is more protective of privacy rights which is why the cameras don't take pictures of the drivers as they do in other states. See the declaration here: http://www.seattle.gov/courts/red_light/declaration.pdf
    There are issues with these tickets however, beyond procedural, that are usually foundational. If you feel strongly about fighting this ticket I would suggest hiring an attorney.

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  • I'm I at fault if my vehicle had a mechanical issue going over the narrows bridge in Tacoma

    My vehicle had a mechanical issue on Tacoma narrows bridge there is no shoulder I put my emergency hazards on and called 911 to report what had happened and someone stopped and gave me a ride to get help and in the mean time ten to fifteen mins la...

    Mitchell’s Answer

    Your questions are complex. If you had insurance, they will make the determination about liability and dealing with your car in impound If you did not have insurance then you could make a claim against the other driver's insurance company. The insurance companies will make their own determination as to fault and reimbursement.
    With respect to the infractions, you have good defenses, namely that nobody saw you driving the vehicle. The officer was just doing his job in ticketing you and might very well have ticketed the driver who hit you as well, it should show on the accident report. The problem with doing this yourself though is that you will have to testify regarding what happened, verses hiring a traffic attorney who could make the arguments on your behalf where you would not have to testify. That would be my suggestion.
    [As a side note the officer should have sited you with: http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.570]

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  • Is the five days of not filing rule grounds for dismissal?

    I received a speeding ticket by a camera on may 10th. The officer did not issue the ticket until may 19th, 7 business days later. I have read that in Washington State an officer has 5 days to file the ticket. Is this cause to get the ticket dismi...

    Mitchell’s Answer

    This is a photo ticket not a ticket issued by an officer. If it were by an officer, then IRLJ 2.2(d) would apply and that is the 5 day rule excluding Sat Sun & Holidays. Since this is a photo ticket you need to look at the appropriate statute which is RCW 46.63.170, where it states: (e) A notice of infraction must be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle within fourteen days of the violation, or to the renter of a vehicle within fourteen days of establishing the renter's name and address under subsection (3)(a) of this section. Since it was within 14 days you do not have a filing issue in this case. However, there may be other issues that a traffic attorney can help with in your case.

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