I was appointed a probation officer during my arraignment. I have been back to court 4 times,go back Dec 4th. During my last court date I was told by the officer that checks you in that I was suppose to see my probation officer. I was in her offi...
This sounds like a Puyallup Municipal Court DUI. Unfortunately, the Puyallup Police have been doing this a lot lately, they have been booking people into jail while requesting a warrant from the Judge to obtain a blood draw and then transporting people to the hospital for the blood draw. I have had several clients arraigned on a DUI charge with no alcohol involved and no blood draw results at that time. Typically, the blood draw results won't be available for at least one month from the arraignment date.
I would definitely hire an attorney. The prosecutor should dismiss your charge if there is no alcohol and/or no drugs from the blood draw results. However, if there are any indication of drugs prescribed or non-prescribed, the prosecutor and the Judge are not experts and will not be able to interpret whether you are under the influence. Probation can be removed as soon as your case is dismissed but given your history if you even plea to a lesser charge then you will be locked into a treatment program and probation. You need to get an experience DUI attorney with that court.See question
The reason she didn't was because the one closest right lane had a big sign that reads right turn only. The officer said she should have turned right onto that lane then change lane afterwards. You can see how this can be very confusing and I ha...
I would go ahead and mail in the ticket requesting a contested hearing. The court may still schedule a contested hearing. The worst than will happen is that the court will find the infraction committed and impose the penalty. At that point, you can hire an attorney who can file a motion for good cause to reverse the finding of committed or you can pay the penalty.See question
The officer's lights came on, and I was pulled over, well past the location noted on the ticket (0.5 miles difference). The officer was from Mountlake Terrace, and I was clearly in Edmonds (even when his lights came on). I had a passenger in the...
I would look at the court where the ticket is filed at. Edmonds has their own Municipal Court while Mountlake Terrace uses the Snohomish County District Court. If the case is filed in Edmonds you may be able to argue that the Officer didn't have jurisdiction under certain case law unless the prosecutor or the court produces an inter-local agreement with the Mountlake Terrace Police Department. If the case is filed in Snohomish County District Court you may argue that the case should have been properly filed with the Edmonds Municipal Court. However, the prosecutor or judge there may argue that the court has concurrent jurisdiction with Edmonds. My advise would be to hire an local traffic attorney that is familiar with both courts.See question
My husband was pulled over for speeding in my car and could not locate my current insurancr card. After digging through my car and contacting my insurance agent, I found out my ins is expired. The renewal letter was sent to an old address. I did ...
The court will reduce the fine of $550 for the no insurance infraction. Depending on the court the fines can be reduced down to $250 or even less. The more significant infraction is the speeding infraction which is a moving violation and can cause your insurance company to raise your rates. I would recommend hiring an attorney who specializes with traffic violations to at least get the speeding ticket dismissed or reduced to a non-moving type violation.See question
I got a ticket with a violation code 46.61.400 (SPEED TOO FAST FOR CONDITIONS - $175), my car was flipped on freeway ramp(circle) but I wasn't speeding, but when police officer asked me, I said 30-35 mph, I don't know why I said that. I was in sh...
You first need to mail in the copy of your ticket requesting a contested hearing with the court. You may want to consider an attorney who specializes with traffic violations. An attorney can help you dismiss the ticket without you appearing in court. Your other options are to explain your circumstances to the Judge without an attorney or you can also request a deferred finding. A deferred finding allows the court to not report the infraction to the Department of Licensing so long as you meet certain conditions set by the court. Those conditions can include full payment of the fine and that you have no further infractions for up to a year.See question
I have already completed my classes and done my volunteer hours but online it says there is a restriction? I can't seem to get a hold of someone at DOL. What could that restriction be?
Very likely its either that you need to pay a reinstatement fee and/or that you need a SR-22 insurance broad form policy filed with DOL. Try using their website at www.dol.wa.gov. and go to the driver's license tab. In there you can click on the tab about how to reinstate your license. You give them your information and it should tell you exactly what you need to do. Good luck!See question
she tried getting permission to leave but he PO said it would be two month, and she had a baby and no where to live
It really depends on the probation officer. If she still had requirements to complete on her case and still had to meet with her probation officer, then the probation officer could note a violation to the court. If that happens then the court would likely set a court date for her appearance and if she fails to appear for that hearing then a warrant for her arrest could be issued.
You might want to get an explanation of what is going on with your fiancé's life to the Judge now before probation does anything.See question
Just got a ticket for no tabs and no insurance ticket. Would liket to know if it could be deferres? Thank you.
Yes, you can get a deferred finding for these tickets but beware! The Judge usually imposed the full fine for a deferred finding and can also order you to have no traffic violations for 12 months. The no insurance ticket alone is $550 and it is likely that expired tabs ticket you received was $124. Unless you have an insurance company like Progressive that increase your rate for no insurance tickets, these tickets are considered non-moving violations and most insurance companies will not increase your rates.
If you had insurance at the time of the ticket and file proof to the court, the Judge would likely dismiss the no insurance ticket and impose a $25 fine. If you obtain insurance after the time of the ticket and file proof to the court, the Judge would likely give you a substantial reduce of the fine depending on your record. That fine could be reduced to as low as $150.
I would consider how much you are willing to pay to have two non-moving violations cleared from record. You can only use one deferred finding every 7 years. I would advise not to use a deferred finding in this case unless you are facing other consequences or violations for a criminal charge like a DUI.See question
My 20 year old son was pulled over for speeding. The officer said he smelled marijuana and my son had 2 grams on him. He gave it to the officer who then called in a dog to sniff out anymore and none was found. My son was cited for speeding and als...
Under the law, there is a zero tolerance for minors in possession of marijuana. There are some very good legal challenges right now in regards to possession of marijuana charges. As the law exists right now, it may be impossible for the prosecutor to actually prove a possession of marijuana charge due to problems with the evidence technicians being able to test for active THC. The legislature is currently working to fix this problem with the law and will likely relax the testing requirement for the testing of marijuana.
I would definitely hire an attorney who is experienced with these issues.See question
When I was pulled over I was trying to pass a driver I believed to be intoxicated. I passed the sign that said 50 mph before the officer was behind me, however, he said that he caught me speeding in a 35 & I didn't argue. I have a clean record (cr...
I most cases where the officer stops an individual for speeding, the officer immediately issues a citation for speeding. It sounds like in your case that he is writing a report for the prosecutor's office to decide on a criminal charge, which most likely would be Reckless Driving. The Reckless Driving charge is a gross misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine. It also has a mandatory 30 day license suspension and SR-22 insurance requirement for 3 years if you were convicted.
Make sure that your mailing address is up to date with the Department of Licensing because you will likely receive something in the mail. In King County the prosecutor's office usually takes between 4-6 months to formally file criminal charges with the court. However, on a charge like Reckless Driving there is a 2 year statute of limitations so ultimately the prosecutor has 2 years to file charges.
You could wait and see if the prosecutor does file criminal charges but you probably should contact a criminal defense attorney to prepare for the criminal charge. An attorney also has access to the court system and look to see if criminal charges have been filed. I would not contact the prosecutor's office at this point without an attorney. The prosecutor may decide not to file a criminal charge because your only bad driving was speeding.See question