It’s inevitable that if you drive long enough you are bound to get stopped and cited for a traffic infraction. Traffic tickets are not only annoying, but costly. The fine itself might be somewhat reasonable, but moving violations can also affect your insurance rates. If you get a ticket, it’s best to contest.
A good attorney will know how to properly fight a traffic infraction. For example, when it comes to speeding tickets, a speed measuring device (SMD), whether Lidar (laser) and Radar SMDs, are not always properly certified. An improper or invalid certification on an SMD can lead to dismissal.
A traffic lawyer will also know when its best just to mitigate a charge and possibly amend to a non-moving violation; though that option is not available in all jurisdictions or courts.
Moving Vs. Non-Moving Violations
When it comes to traffic citations, one of the main concerns for most people is knowing whether the traffic violation will affect one’s insurance rates. Sure, the traffic fine is bad enough, but also having it increase insurance rates is when it really hurts. In this regard, violations are categorized into moving and non-moving violations. The moving violations are the ones that will more than likely cause a hike in your insurance rates. The non-moving violations should not have any effect.
In determining whether the violation is moving or non-moving, the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) provides a comprehensive list of “moving violations”. The list and statutory citations are listed here: WAC 308-104-160
Whether it’s a speeding ticket, cellphone violation, or other infraction I can help. I will help contest and fight the infraction for you. If you want to fight back and contest your traffic ticket, give me a call.