You just have received a speeding ticket going 5 miles per hour over the speed limit. You think to yourself that maybe you should just pay the ticket, but then the thought of your car insurance rates comes across your mind. How is this speeding ticket going to affect your insurance rates? The only way to truly know if your insurance rates are going to increase would be to talk with your car insurance agent, and the thought of that just makes you worry even more. Then you remember “In Times of Peril, Call Rick Merrill”. So you give Rick a call and explain the circumstances regarding this pesky speeding ticket.
Them’s Fightin’ Words
Rick will explain to you that he would be more than willing to help fight your ticket in court for you. You then ask, “Well, what if I just ask the court for a deferred finding for the ticket? What happens then?” A deferred finding is certainly an option that you can ask the court for, however there are a few details that those who not familiar with the legal system would not necessarily know.
Understanding what a deferred finding is and how it affects your driving record, and in turn how it will affect your insurance rates can be a daunting task. Fortunately, you have Rick on your side and once he is retained he will fight your ticket in court for you. Once hired, Rick will make all possible arguments to get your violation dismissed. However, there are times where the judge just will not grant a dismissal. In those particular cases, Rick may make arguments to possibly get the infraction amended to a non-moving violation to help protect your driving record. If at that point the prosecutor, the judge and Rick are not able to come to an agreement, Rick may then ask for a deferred finding.
According to Washington State Legislature RCW 46.63.070 the court may grant deferred findings for a traffic infraction. However, the court also has the option of placing stipulations on that deferred finding. They can impose for up to one year conditions on the deferred finding as well as assess additional court costs for administrative processing. If at the end of the deferral period, you have met all of the conditions that the court has imposed, then the court may dismiss the infraction.
It is important to note that using a deferral as an option to fight your ticket, you are only allowed to use the deferral option one time within a seven year period for traffic infractions for moving violations. Also, it is important for those who have a commercial drivers license (CDL) at the time of the violation, they are not eligible for a deferral.
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