There is no "Traffic Ticket Season," although it most certainly seems that most traffic tickets are cited in the summer. Truth is, speeding tickets are issued at a consistent rate throughout the year. The typical exceptions are when there are traffic emphasis patrols, such as crack downs for seat belts or cell phones. We then see a periodic spike in traffic citations. The same is true during holiday season, such as July 4th, Labor Day and Thanksgiving. However, there is an argument that the spike in traffic infraction filings in court are simply an indicator that more people drive during these holiday times. Regardless of when tickets occur, the same basic advice should be heeded. It's important to rid yourself of these insurance bleeding inconveniences. Be sure and contest the ticket within 15 days of your ticket, watch the mail for your court date and contact a local infraction lawyer.
If you believe you have not committed the infraction then you can contest the ticket by checking box three (3) for a contested hearing. Unless you specifically subpoena the officer, the entire hearing will be done in court with the Judge reading into the record the sworn affidavit of the police officer. You will then be given the opportunity to respond. Your testimony will be conducted under oath. You also have the ability to call witnesses and have them testify on your own behalf. The results that may come from a contested hearing is a finding of committed or the ticket will be dismissed. The burden of proof at a contested hearing is "by a preponderance of the evidence." It is important to remember that court rules apply in these hearings and failing to adhere to these rules may detrimentally affect your case. Should you wish to call witnesses you must notify the Court Clerk timely (30 days prior to the court date) and the service of the subpoena is solely your responsibility.
One of the options you have after receiving your ticket is to the mitigate the costs. A mitigation hearing is admitting your committed the violation but gives you the opportunity to explain the situation to a Judge and ask for a reduction of the fine. The Judge has some discretion to reduce the fine but cannot dismiss the ticket. Skagit County gives you an option to mitigate your traffic ticket by mail. You must still submit the ticket within 15 days and the court will then mail you a hearing-by mail packet which you must complete and return within 30 days. You will be notified of the results by mail and have 30 days to pay the resulting fine. Mitigation hearings make sense if the ticket is a non-moving violation. Such violations have no effect on your driving record and will not harm your insurance. However, before deciding on this option you should talk to a local Mount Vernon traffic lawyer.
Our Skagit County Traffic Ticket Attorneys have years of experience in local traffic courts and we have conducted thousands of contested hearings. Our experience and level of knowledge gives our clients the advantage in traffic court. We charge a flat fee of $250 for most traffic ticket. This fee covers all of our work and all of expenses. We will appear in Court for you so you don't have to. Investing in our Skagit County traffic ticket attorneys is affordable.
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Our Skagit County traffic ticket lawyers understand what it takes to get a traffic ticket dismissed or reduced. We are in Skagit County traffic courts all the time and our years of experience give our clients the advantage they need in court. We guarantee effective and aggressive representation. Our reputation and history of successful litigation speaks for itself. If you want the very best chance of a successful outcome with your traffic ticket in Skagit County, you have come to the right place. The Law Firm of David N. Jolly has years of experience in Skagit County court rooms and with it the knowledge most other attorneys cannot match. David N. Jolly has appeared in local Skagit County traffic courts hundreds of times and the success rate enjoyed by the Firm rivals any other local traffic ticket attorney. If you want your traffic ticket dismissed or amended, contact one of the experienced Skagit County traffic ticket lawyers at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly.
Thousands of individuals in the State of Washington are given traffic tickets every day, and most people pay them without considering the consequences. If you have been cited for a traffic violation, contacting a Skagit County traffic ticket attorney as soon as possible should be considered in order to find out what your legal options are. Many traffic tickets can be challenged, their effects reduced or even dismissed. Accepting the officer’s version and paying the ticket will automatically result in you having to pay the entire amount of the fine for the violation, in addition to the traffic violation appearing on your driving record. Future consequences may be include additional points on your record which could lead to a license suspension and much higher insurance rates.
The first thing you must do is not ignore the ticket. You only have 15 days to respond in writing from the date the ticket was issued. A failure to respond (or pay the ticket) will increase the costs of your ticket and even suspend your driver's license. This is not exageration, if you fail to respond to your ticket, your license will be suspended. If your license is suspended and you are later stopped by law enforcement, you will be charged with a crime. A simple infraction can get awfully serious if you do not do things correctly. And by the way, if you respond late or pay late, you will receive a court mandated penalty of $52 that will be added to your already expensive traffic violation.
The Skagit County traffic ticket attorneys at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly believe in providing our clients with the experienced and skilled legal representation they deserve when facing any traffic offense. By hiring one of the traffic lawyers from our firm, you can be certain that you will be receiving qualified and successful representation that will give you every opportunity to get your ticket dismissed. We understand how frustrating a traffic ticket can be. Call our Mount Vernon lawyers to find out the best option for you.
If you have been cited or charged with a speeding ticket or any infraction that may impact your driver's license or insurance premium, you must protect your rights and your future. Such protection begins with hiring a Skagit County traffic attorney from the Law Firm of David N. Jolly.
When you are researching law firms, you have many choices. Some of your considerations should include experience, reputation, focus and location. The Law Firm of David N. Jolly should be at the top of your list because of these considerations and, we are located in the heart of Skagit County's ticket area, Mount Vernon. At a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of clients, our legal team works aggressively to pursue the very best outcome for every case. We pride ourselves on our unparalleled level of attention paid to each case and the personalization we devote to each and every case and client.
Depending on your traffic ticket history, you may be eligible for a deferred finding. If you wish for a deferred finding you must specifically request it. The benefit of a deferred finding is that the result is a dismissal of your traffic ticket. However, this option must be used with caution. You are only eligible for a deferred finding once every seven years. Further, a person who has a commercial motor vehicle license (CDL) or who was operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the alleged violation, is not eligible. Additionally, certain infractions cannot be deferred such as Negligent Driving in the second degree. Should you opt for the deferred finding option, the court may impose costs of $100 or $200 and may also require the completion of certain conditions (for example, good behavior or a driving class). At the completion of a court imposed period of time to ensure good behavior, your traffic ticket will be dismissed. Another word of caution: we highly recommend you not use deferred findings on non-moving violations that will not harm your insurance. Further, only use deferred findings as a last resort as amending an infraction to a non-moving violation is always preferred as it keeps the deferred finding option available in the future, should you need to use it. Remember, you may only use the deferred finding option once every seven years.
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Should you chose to work with our firm you will have a dedicated and seasoned lawyer on your side. When you have a traffic offense attorney working on your case you can feel confident that your case in the hands of a true professional. Our goal is to not only fight to protect our clients from facing difficult repercussions of a moving violation, but also work to keep points off their driving records.
The Washington State Department of Licensing monitors your driving record and if you permit too many points from traffic violations add up, you could lose your license. Such a consequence can be avoided by hiring the best Skagit County traffic attorney available to defend and defeat the ticket. If you find yourself with a traffic violation contact us and allow our dedicated team help you fight your traffic offense. We always offer complimentary consultations for all potential clients throughout Skagit County who are any type of infraction, most notably speeding tickets, Negligent Driving in the second degree or any moving violation. Call us today!
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There are many types of traffic violations in Washington that will affect your insurance. Some of these infractions include speeding tickets, running red lights or a stop sign, speed too fast for conditions, driving with a suspended license, driving without a license, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, passing a stopped school bus, driving without insurance. We provide unparalleled infraction and criminal defense in Mount Vernon, Skagit County.
Our committed legal team have helped thousands of clients to successfully fight their traffic tickets and speeding violations throughout the Skagit County area. The highly skilled team at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly have the knowledge needed to successfully defend you in court. As an experienced law firm, we strongly advise you to get in contact with a Skagit County traffic ticket attorney at your soonest convenience after being cited with a violation. Remember, if you were stopped for a traffic violation such as a speeding ticket, you have only 15 days to contest the ticket. With help from a seasoned Skagit County traffic ticket lawyer, you may find that you can defend your case and protect your future or even have your Skagit County ticket dismissed. Call us today for a confidential evaluation of your case.
3 SIMPLE STEPS
1. Check the Contested Box on the Ticket
2. Send Ticket to Court (or designated location) within 15 days
3. Call our Skagit County Traffic Ticket attorneys for a free consultation
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