Several times a week we receive speeding tickets in the office and people state that there is incorrect information on the ticket. It is a common misconception, that if there is a mistake on the ticket that this would automatically lead to a dismissal of the ticket. Most of the time, the misinformation does not have any bearing on the ticket, and the ticket could have a negative impact on your driving record.
Some of the most common mistakes on a speeding ticket that are made by the citing officer are writing the incorrect make of the car, as well as color of the vehicle, model of the car and the actual plate number being incorrectly written on the ticket. If you were to contest the ticket in court and try to argue these mistakes, the court would usually not consider these mistakes as valid, and the judge may still find that the citation was committed and the infraction would go on your driving record.
We also receive several times a week our clients stating that they were just going with the flow of traffic. Going with the flow of traffic by exceeding the posted speed limit, is still considered speeding, and if you were to argue your speeding ticket in court by stating you were going with the flow of traffic the judge may not consider this a valid argument to contest the speeding ticket, and the end result would be the ticket going on your driving record.
We commonly have clients claim that they were not shown the radar gun to see the actual speed registered at the time of the stop. In Washington State, the officer pulling you over is not required to show you the registered speed result on the radar/lidar gun. If you were to go into court to fight your ticket, the judge may not accept this line of defense, and might find the ticket committed, resulting in the ticket going on your driving record.
There are many ways an experienced traffic attorney can attempt to get a traffic violation dismissed. It is important to remember that each citation is unique and is not exactly like any other citation. City and County laws along with court rules and case law determine the final outcome of the ticket.
It is important to remember that Rick fights traffic tickets everyday in multiple courts. He has developed relationships with judges, prosecutors, and court clerks. He always does his best to try to protect your driving record.
If you have recently been pulled over and received a traffic ticket, and would like Rick to represent you in court, give us a call or email us. We will get right back to you.
If you have any questions at any time throughout the process you can always call and ask the office - we are more than happy to help.
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