Annual Free Shredding Event and Food Drive

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To Shred Or Not To Shred? The Answer Is Shred...

Plan To Attend Our FREE Shred and Food Drive Event On Saturday, October 12th 2019 from 9 AM - 12 PM.

Community members are welcome to join us at The Little Blue House on Colby to destroy documents containing sensitive and personal information on Saturday, October 12th.

3625 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201

FREE, FREE, FREE!

That’s right, there is no cost to bring your documents to The Law Office Of Rick H. Merrill where office employees will be onsite to help community members carry boxes, shred documents.

Documents will be destroyed by Proshed, a professional document destruction service with a mobile shredding unit. You can watch your documents be shredded right before your eyes!

Donate Non- Perishable Food Items...

Bring any non-perishable goods you may want to donate to help us support our local food banks.

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Intermediate License

What is an Intermediate License?

An intermediate license is a license that is issued by the Washington State Department of Licensing to a teen driver under the age of 18.

The teen driver is required to:

  • Obtain an instruction permit.

  • Drive with a licensed driver that has been licensed for 5 years or more.

  • Complete 50 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours of night driving.

  • Pass an approved driver training course.

  • Have their instruction permit for at least 6 months.

  • Pass the driving test at an approved driver testing location.

Intermediate License Restrictions

To avoid a possible suspension of the license keep the following restrictions in mind. These restrictions are in place until the driver has reached the age of 18.

Driving with Passengers

  • For the first 6 months, a driver under 18, is not allowed to have passengers under the age of 20 years old in the vehicle while driving. Exception for immediate family members.

  • After the first 6 months, a driver under 18, is not allowed to have more than 3 passengers under the age of 20 years old who are not immediate family members.

  • If the intermediate licensed driver is convicted of an infraction, the 6 month passenger restriction begins again on the date the ticket was found committed, or paid to the court.

Driving at Night

For the first 12 months, the intermediate driver is not allowed to drive between the hours of 1:00 am and 5:00 am. Unless there is a licensed driver over the age of 25 accompanying the teen driver in the car.

No Personal Electronic Devices

The intermediate licensed driver is not allowed to use a wireless device while driving, even with a hands-free device. This includes:

  • Talking on cell phones

  • Texting

  • Emailing

Consequences of Violation Restrictions

First violation:

A warning letter will be mailed from the Washington State Department of Licensing to the parent of the intermediate licensed driver. The following list will generate a warning letter.

The intermediate driver is issued a ticket for violating the restrictions

The intermediate driver is issued a ticket for violating the rules of the road

The intermediate driver is involved in an accident where:

  • the intermediate driver is determined to have caused the accident

  • no one involved in the accident receives a ticket

  • the cause of the accident can not be determined

  • there is only one car involved in the accident.

Second violation:

The intermediate licensed driver will have their licence suspended for 6 months or until they reach the age of 18, whichever comes first.

The Washington State Department of Licensing will notify the intermediate licensed driver as well as the parent or guardian before they take any suspension action.

Third violation:

The intermediate licensed driver will be suspended until they reach the age of 18.

The Washington State Department of Licensing will notify the intermediate licensed driver as well as the parent of guardian before they take any suspension action.

There are many ways an experienced traffic attorney can fight your ticket for you.

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Negligent Driving 1st or 2nd Degree

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Negligent Driving 1st Degree

Negligent Driving 1st Degree is a criminal misdemeanor charge.

According to the RCW 46.61.5249: A person is guilty of negligent driving in the first degree if he or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, and exhibits the effects of having consumed liquor or marijuana or any drug or exhibits the effects of having inhaled or ingested any chemical, whether or not a legal substance, for its intoxicating or hallucinatory effects.

If convicted, a negligent driving in the 1st degree has a maximum penalty of:

  • 90 days in jail

  • $1000 penalty

A conviction of Negligent Driving 1st degree does not have a negative impact on the driver’s license and does not require a SR-22 filing.

There may be additional requirements, if there are prior convictions, including a conviction of DUI.

Ignition interlock license may be required by the Washington State Department of Licensing which include a requirement for an SR-22 filing.

Ignition interlock device may be required to be installed in your vehicle

Negligent Driving 2nd Degree

Negligent Driving 2nd degree is a traffic infraction

It is considered a moving violation that may have negative insurance consequences. This infraction is subject to a penalty of $550.00.00.

According to RCW 46.61.525: A person is guilty of negligent driving in the second degree if, under circumstances not constituting negligent driving in the first degree, he or she operates a motor vehicle in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property.

There are many ways an experienced traffic attorney can fight help you with a criminal charge or fight your ticket for you.

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Runner Up Winners of the 2019 Rick Merrill Attorney Dream Scholarship

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We are Pleased to Announce the Runner Up Winners of the Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship for 2019

The Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship was started in order to help support the dreams of a current high school or college student looking to make a difference through the pursuit of their passion. 


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We are ecstatic to support our Runner up winner Isabel Hulme with her dream of becoming a Dentist!

My dream is to have a pediatric dental practice kids will love coming to. I want to create positive dental experiences, so as they grow up they aren't afraid to see a dentist.


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We are ecstatic to support our Runner up winner Natalie Grimm with her dream of becoming a Nurse!

That nurse who advocated. That nurse who went the extra mile. I met that nurse in the Swedish ICU. I strive to be that nurse. With every exam, lecture, paper, and clinical experience I move closer to my dream.


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We are ecstatic to support our Runner up winner Alexa Kazen with her dream of becoming a Speech Pathologist!

My dream of becoming a speech pathologist is important to me because I see the chance to make a difference in children’s confidence and communication skills. I look forward to being a part of children’s lives as they learn to communicate more clearly and easily!


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We are ecstatic to support our Runner up winner MacKenzie Allinson with her dream of becoming a Physician!

I’ve always been interested in how the human body works. It is my goal to become a physician who treats others with respect and assists in providing effective treatment that improves people’s lives.   .

Congratulations again to all of our winners. 

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The Winner of the 2019 Rick Merrill Attorney Scholarship

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We are Pleased to Announce the Winner of the $1500 Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship for 2019...

The Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship was started in order to help support the dreams of a current high school or college student looking to make a difference through the pursuit of their passion. 

We are ecstatic to support our $1500 winner Jack Gardner with his dream of becoming a Writer!

My name is Jack Gardner, and my dream is to write children’s books that inspire kids to think differently about the world, to let their imaginations fly beyond where our “grownup” minds can take us.

Overall, my biggest inspiration was Walt Disney. When I watched his movies, I felt something special inside that I couldn’t quite describe. I knew that I wanted to make other people feel it too. That's why this dream is so important to me.

I was about 12 years old when my teacher gave us an assignment to write and illustrate a picture book to be presented in class. I entitled mine The Biggelow. After we presented, people started asking to take a look at it. I noticed a certain look on their faces that reminded me of that ”Walt Disney” feeling, that feeling of being a kid again.

I realized I had the ability to incite this feeling in other people through my writing. I’m currently a student at EvCC in the running start program. I’m excited to take english and literature classes that will help make me become a better writer. This scholarship could help my dream come true.

Congratulations again to our winner Jack Gardner. 

Stay tuned for more good news next week.

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Personal Injury Auto Accident Questions

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Personal Injury Auto Accident Questions

If you have been injured in a car accident, you probably have a lot of questions.  Call to discuss your questions with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney like Rick H. Merrill to help ease your mind.

  • What do I do first?

  • Who do I need to call?

  • What information do I need?

  • How am I going to pay the medical bills?  

  • How am I going to recover lost wages?  

  • What do I say to insurance companies?

Details

To determine if you have a viable claim that he can recover your losses from the accident, Rick Merrill will ask you a series of questions to gather the details of the accident.

  • What happened during the accident?

  • When did the accident happen?

  • Was there a citation issued and who received the citation?

  • Did you go to the doctor right away?

  • How long have you been in treatment?

  • Have you missed any work because of this accident?

  • Did the other party have insurance?  What is the name of their insurance company?

  • Do you have an adjusters contact information?

Time Limits

The Statute of Limitations is a Federal or State law that restricts the time in which legal proceedings may be brought against an individual.

In a personal injury case you generally have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a claim against an individual who has caused harm against you.  Although some cases may have different restrictions.

If you are injured in an Auto Accident, Call Merrill Law to speak to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney.


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Personal Injury Auto Accidents

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Personal Injury Accidents

While listening to the traffic report during my morning commute I am amazed how often an accident happens. I wonder how my family would fare if I was injured in an accident.

Statistics

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration general statistics for motor vehicle collisions.  In 2015, there were 6.3 million police reported accidents, in which 2.44 million people were injured.  This makes the average number of people injured per day 7,073.

What are the odds?

Stop and think about that for a moment - every day of the year over 7,000 people a day are getting injured in almost 17,000 accidents.  There are over 250 million cars on the roads making the chances of you being in an accident are 0.0068% - the question you have to ask yourself is - do you feel lucky?

The reality is that you may drive to the office every week of your working career and never be in an accident, but if you are - here are a few things you must ensure you do to protect yourself and your family.


Understanding Liability and Personal Injury Protection Insurance

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, be sure that you get the insurance information for all the parties involved in the accident.  

The insurance company of the at fault persons insurance will cover the damages to your car and also your medical bills if you are injured.  

Personal injury protection is an additional insurance that can be purchased with your liability insurance coverage.  It is an extension of your liability insurance and may be used to help cover medical expenses, and sometimes lost wages and other damages.

If you are injured in an Auto Accident, Call Merrill Law to speak to an Experienced Personal injury Attorney.

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Thank You Gift

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You Brightened our Day!

Educator of the Month Winner, Malysa Johnson is a Life Skills Teacher at Lake Stevens High School. Her class sent us this wonderful painting along with an update we would like to share.

Thank you!

Dear Mr. Merrill,

I just wanted to thank you again for the Educator award from last year. I want you to know that the money went towards art supplies, classroom decorations and a REALLY FUN Community Guest!

I attached some pictures to the back of our gift for you!

I hope you are well and you are doing great things :-)

Sincerely,

Malysa Johnson

Lake Stevens High School

You are Welcome!

Thank you for the photos. They shared with us the complete delight and excitement of the children as they enjoyed a visit from the Reptile Man. The photos shared a thousand words of thanks.

We are pleased to assist in education for Snohomish County Youth. We appreciate the hard work and dedication that it takes to be a teacher.

Please Nominate an Educator

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Go to our website www.rickmerrillattorney.com and nominate them today!
 
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Ticket Myths and Mistakes

Myths and Mistakes

It is important to remember that  each citation is unique. Each ticket is addressed  in a manner that takes into account the appropriate City and County laws along with court rules and case law to determine the final outcome of the ticket.

Incorrect Information on the Ticket

It is a common misconception, that an error on the ticket will lead to an automatic dismissal of the ticket.  

Mistakes might include the incorrect make or model of the car, color of the vehicle, or the incorrect plate number being written on the ticket.

The court would usually not consider these mistakes as valid arguments for dismissal.

The judge may still decide that the citation was committed and the infraction would go on your driving record.

Some Myths to Avoid

Going with the flow of traffic and exceeding the posted speed limit, is still considered speeding.

In Washington State, the officer is not required to show you radar/lidar gun result.

There are many ways an experienced traffic attorney can fight your ticket for you.

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Educator of the Month Sheena York

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the April Educator of the Month Winner…

Sheena York of Marshall Elementary School in the Marysville School District.

Please Enjoy the Assorted Nominations

Sheena is a mother of two young children, teaches 2nd grade. She recently completed her Masters in Science for Curriculum and Instruction, all while conducting a happy,healthy and exciting classroom. She will go the extra mile with her time and own expense to make sure her kids have the needed tools to succeed.

Ms. York is one of the most dedicated and caring teachers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She goes above and beyond for every student. She goes out of her way to not only know what each student needs but what she could be doing to better their education and experience.

She researched different chairs styles to accommodate the various learning styles children need.

Sheena has worked since she was 15 yrs old. Supported two kids while attending school. She has tutored college students on her own time. Always has time to help a friend. Never forgets birthdays or special occasions even if your not a immediate family member. Also has obtained her master's while raising her babies, purchasing a home and working.

Sheena is a compassionate and loving teacher. Her choices to teach the underprivileged youth have come as a cost to her own but she does not let that impede her desire to help offer support to those that need it most. This teacher is always there to greet you with a smile and her positive outlook is infectious.

Sheena demonstrates to students how to treat others fairly and is a friend to all. I admire her work and ethics in teaching students strong morals and how to make learning fun and interesting.

Sheena is a very dedicated teacher that loves her students and is always willing to put forth extra including out of her own pocket for the success of her students.

Sheena is very inspiring not only to her students but also other teachers. She strives to create an innovative classroom and learning environment. She is constantly searching for new ways to obtain the utmost in educating.

Nominate Today…

If you know a local educator who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to education, their countless hours in the classroom spent going above and beyond, dedication to their students educational growth, please take a moment to let Rick Merrill know…
 
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go…
 
To our website www.rickmerrillattorney.com and nominate them today!
 
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Moving and Non Moving Violations

Moving Violations

There are many different moving violations that can affect your driving record. We will discuss a few at this time.

Personal Electronic Device

In June of 2017 the Washington State laws changed to make using your Personal Electronic Device a moving violation. For a first offense the fee is $136 and a a second offense will be $234.

Officers may pull you over if they see you holding your device in your hand while on the roadways, even if you are stopped at a traffic light.

A driver may use a personal electronic device if using it in a hands free manner. You may only start a function with a single touch or swipe if you are not holding your device.

Speeding

Speed limits are important to help with overall traffic safety and having an enforced speed limit reduces traffic collisions and fatalities.

There are multiple ways a driver could be caught for speeding. These include Radar, Lidar, Aircraft Patrol, Pacing your vehicle. In each instance documentation will be filed regarding the infraction, this is commonly referred to as the police report.

Accident tickets

Not all accidents result in an issuance of a traffic ticket.  Some common citations issued due to an accident include: speed too fast for conditions, improper lane change, failure to yield, failure to stop, following too close and negligent driving.

If a citation is issued regarding the accident it would appear in the infractions section of the motor vehicle record.

In Washington the report of an accident will appear on your driving record in the Accident Section.

Once hired, we would go to court for you and help fight the traffic ticket in court and try to keep the citation off of the infraction section of your driving record.  

Non Moving Violations

There are many non moving violations that may be reported to the Department of Licensing. These may be visible to your insurance company, however would have less consequences to your record than a moving violation. These can include some of the items listed below.

Seat belt Violations

A seat belt violation may be visible on your driving record however it will not be visible for insurance companies to view. All occupants of a vehicle must wear appropriate restraints. Children are to be in approved child restraints as noted in the Rules of the Road.

Parking tickets

Parking tickets are assigned to the vehicle or the vehicle's registered owner. Since the driver is not usually present when the the ticket is issued. These do not affect your driving record.

Camera tickets

Camera tickets or photo enforced tickets are issued to the registered owner of a vehicle that was caught on a camera committing an infraction.

These infractions do not go on your driving record. However if you do not address them in a timely manner they can cause you to not be able to renew your registration.

Our goal when we represent you is to protect your driving record. Since the red light camera tickets do not appear on your driving record, our advice would be to pay the fine or go to court and get the fine reduced.

There are many ways an experienced traffic attorney can fight your ticket for you.

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Applications for the Dream Scholarship Due Soon

2019 Attorney Rick Merrill Dream Scholarship

This year Rick Merrill Attorney is proud to offer a $1500 scholarship to university or high school students who are in pursuit of a dream, students who are striving for something more, students trying to find a way to make a difference, students who have a burning desire to be something after school.

WE WANT TO CATCH THAT DREAM…

Send us YOUR creative digital photo or image that shares your Dream. Perhaps it represents the past, present or the future of your dream. This digital photo or image will need to have a 200 word caption that explain:

Who... inspired you

What... steps are you taking or planning to make it come true

When... was this, will it be, or will it make the most difference

Why... is your dream important to you

How... did you come to this schooling goal

SELECTION AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • The scholarship is for 1 student enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program, trade school or a high school senior.

  • Applicants must be a Washington State Resident.

  • Applicants must complete the Online Application form, submit a digital photo or image and short caption (200 word limit) sharing the students dream

  • Scholarship will be awarded to the one student who submits the most creative photo and caption.

Click Here for Application and Complete instructions

All application materials must reach us by Noon on May 1, 2019.

The winner will be announced June 1, 2019.

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Infractions and Traffic School

Traffic School

Sometimes you may be asked to complete traffic school to facilitate a favorable resolution of a traffic infraction. These requests may originate with the judge or prosecutor or the attorneys and are a way to negotiate a resolution.

What traffic school?

Depending on what has been negotiated, you may be asked to attend a specific class, may have the stipulation to attend the traffic school in person, sometimes, the requirement to complete traffic school can be completed online.

Level 1

A level 1 traffic school class is a 4 hour class will address safe driving practices.

Level 2

A level 2 traffic school class is a 8 hour class that will include safe driving practices, information regarding aggressive driving or road rage.

Completion

Upon completion of the traffic school you will receive a certificate to prove that you have met the requirements. This Certificate will be presented to the court.

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Educator of the Month Stacey Wartenbee

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Rick Merrill is Honoring Educators in Snohomish County...

Who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children.   Winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc., a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.
 
We would like to Congratulate the March Educator of the Month Winner…

Stacey Wartenbee of Everett School District.

Please Enjoy the Nomination by Rachel.

Mrs. Wartenbee teaches 2nd grade at Lowell Elementary in Everett and has done so for the past 10 years. Mrs. Wartenbee was my daughter's first grade and second grade teacher. Now she is the 2nd grade teacher for my son.

Mrs. Wartenbee is kind, caring, dedicated, and supportive of all children in her classroom. She is always looking for resources for the kids, offering to give them classroom supplies, raised funds to purchase each child in the class a new book every month, reached out for a grant to get updated equipment for her students, and routinely reaches out to parents to check in and ensure kids needs are met at home as well. Mrs. Wartenbee maintains good contact with parents and provides updates daily of the children.

This year she has a Russian speaking student. She continually engages with him using her phone translator services. That child has made progress in his spoken English that I think is mostly impacted by her patience, kindness, and dedication to that child.

Mrs. Wartenbee volunteers at each school event, helps coordinate the yearly play, and is involved in the PTA. She is always positive and takes on these tasks with grace. I certainly feel she is an incredible human being with a heart of gold. She is well deserving of educator of the month.

Nominate Today…

If you know a local educator who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding commitment to education, their countless hours in the classroom spent going above and beyond, dedication to their students educational growth, please take a moment to let Rick Merrill know…
 
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go…
 
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Donations for Beck's Place

Hand made scarves by Kaylan

Hand made scarves by Kaylan

Thank You for Helping Your Community

We want to thank Kaylan for the donation of these handmade scarves. We will be delivering these to Beck’s Place in Monroe. Your kindness and thinking of others is appreciated.

We accept donations to support Beck’s Place here at the office.

  • Cat and dog food

  • Dog sweaters or coats

  • Hygiene Items

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Sleeping or outdoor supplies

  • or other items noted on their website.

These items are shared with those in our local community who are struggling. At Beck’s Place they are committed to helping people and pets move forward in life.  Keeping families together is important to Beck's Place and pets are part of the family. 

Helping in our local community is something that each one of us can do.  

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Monday Morning Smiles Mountain Pacific Bank

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Where's the money at! At Mountain Pacific Bank they keep the money local.

Rick would like to thank you for investing in local businesses and for your friendly customer service. He was happy to share a smile with you today while delivering an aromatic bouquet of Blue Ribbon Flowers. Keep up the great work!

You can nominate a local business

Please visit our website if you would like to nominate a business in our local community who excel in service to their community and customers. Click here to complete a nomination!

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