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The moving violations that I represent clients on are: DUI, Physical control, Vehicular homicide, Vehicular assault, Reckless driving, Racing, Embracing, Hit and run (injury, death, or occupied vehicle), Attempting to elude a police vehicle, Driving while driving privilege suspended or revoked, Reckless endangerment of roadway workers, Driver under twenty-one driving or being in physical control of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol, Driving or in physical control of commercial motor vehicle while having alcohol in system, Open container violation (driver), Negligent driving in the first degree, Negligent driving in the second degree, Hit and run (unattended vehicle or property), Disobey road sign, Disobey signalman, officer, or firefighter, Disobey school patrol, Speed too fast for conditions, Speed in excess of maximum limit, Speeding in a school zone, Failure to stop, Failure to yield right of way, Failure to keep to the right, Wrong way on a one-way street or rotary traffic island, Improper lane change or travel, Straddling or driving over centerline, Driving on the wrong side of the road, Crossing divider, Improper entrance to or exit from freeway, High occupancy vehicle lane violation, Improper overtaking or passing, Passing stopped school bus, Passing stopped private carrier bus, Following to closely, Following fire apparatus, Crossing fire hose, Driving on sidewalk, Driving through safety zone, Driving with wheels off roadway, Impeding traffic, Improper turn, Prohibited turn, Failure to signal or improper signal, Improper backing, Unlawful operation of motorcycle on roadway, Reckless endangerment, Failure to maintain control, Violation of license restriction(s), Violation of instruction permit restrictions, Violation of out-of-service order, Obstructed vision or control, Carrying persons or animals outside of vehicle, Carrying passenger in towed vehicle, Coasting on downgrade, Violation of child restraint requirements, Carrying child under the age of five years old on motorcycle, Carrying passenger improperly on motorcycle, No helmet, goggles, mirrors, windshield or face shield, Motorcycle handlebars above maximum height, Operating moped on freeway or sidewalk, Illegal, improper, defective, or missing vehicle equipment, Driving without lights, Failure to dim lights, Operating motorcycle without lights, No lamp, reflector, or flag on extended load, Unnecessary noise, Wearing earphones or viewing television in vehicle, Permitting illegal vehicle operation, Failure to secure load, Spilling load, Improper towing.
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Contested Hearings

By choosing the 'Contested Hearing' box, you are saying that you do not believe the State (or City) can prove the charge against you.  Even if you think you are, or might be, guilty - do you really know whether or not the officer complied with the law?  Of course not.  There is more to a traffic ticket than just what happens on the road.

When the government accuses you of a traffic violation, you are accused of doing very specific things.  For example, imagine someone given a ticket for going 52 in a 35 mph zone.  The State would have to prove that you were actually going faster than the limit, that all filings were completed within the time limit, and that the officer's report contains all the information necessary to satisfy the State's burden of proof.

How did the officer know the person in our example was going 52?  Was a laser or Radar gun used?  Was that device working?  Did the officer use it correctly?

By requesting a Contested Hearing, you can have access to all of the documents that the State has.  If any of the evidence is missing or insufficient, then the ticket will have to be dismissed.

What if I lose my hearing?
There is no increased penalty for requesting a Contested Hearing and losing.  In other words, the fine stays the same whether you Pay the Fine or go through a contested hearing and lose.  The downside with a Contested Hearing is that Judges will often not reduce the fine as they may in a Mitigation Hearing.  On the other hand, if you win a Contested Hearing, you own nothing to the Court and your Driving Record stays clean.

Is a Contest Hearing a Win or Lose Proposition?
No.  By requesting a Contested Hearing, you leave open the possibility of either negotiating the charge down to a less serious infraction or deferring the ticket.  Once the Contested Hearing starts, however, you either win or you lose.
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Disclaimer: Traffic Infraction or other driving defense information presented on this site should not be considered formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact a Washington State driving defense lawyer or attorney for a free initial consultation. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Washington.

My driving defense law firm serves the following Western Washington communities, among others: Island County, Snohomish County, Skagit County, Alderwood, Arlington, Bellingham, Brier, Darrington, Edgewood, Edmonds, Everett, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Tulalip, Mukilteo, Silvana, Smokey Point, Snohomish, Stanwood, Sultan, Woodway, Burlington, Clearlake, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Marbelmount, Mount Vernon, Sedro Wooley, Lake Forest Park
, South Whidbey.

I also serve the following Zip Codes: 98011, 98012, 98020, 98021, 98026, 98033, 98034, 98036, 98037, 98043, 98046, 98052, 98072, 98082, 98087, 98201, 98203, 98204, 98205, 98206, 98207, 98208, 98213, 98223, 98239, 98241, 98249, 98251, 98252, 98253, 98223, 98224, 98225, 98226, 98227, 98228, 98229, 98256, 98258, 98259, 98270, 98271, 98272, 98273, 98274, 98275, 98282, 98287, 98290, 98291, 98292, 98293, 98294, 98296
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