Open During Road Construction

We are open for business

Parking in our area is very congested due to paving. Our alley is closed to traffic.

You will need to find street parking and may need to walk a ways to get to us.

We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm to help you.

Call the office at (425)259-4972 to see if we can help you through email, fax, or zoom.

Open During Road Construction

It appears that they may be paving parts of Colby Avenue. We have this sign in front of the office today.

We are open for our normal business hours of 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, during the road construction.

We are hoping that you will still have access to the alley from 36th. The signs are also posted on our block of 37th.

Call the office at (425)259-4972 to see if we can help through email, fax, or zoom.

Tips for Driving in Hot Weather

Tips for Driving in Hot Weather

Car Care

  • Battery- Extreme temperatures are hard on the battery system. So if your battery is up there in years, it might be a good opportunity to have it replaced, before the added heat stress causes it to fail to give your car the charge it needs.
  • Fluids- Are so important for maintaining your vehicle in a safe manner
  • Coolant- Your cars radiator is critical to the correct operating temperature of your engine. Refer to your owners manual for instructions. Do NOT open the cap of the radiator when the engine is hot.
  • Oil- Check your oil level as your engine must have the proper level of oil to keep each moving part humming right along.
  • Brakes- Pay attention as you brake to see if they are letting out unusual noises or if they have developed any shakes or surges that are out of the ordinary.
  • Windshield- Keep the glass clean to reduce reflections that could interfere with your driving. Windshield washers may not be very effective in removing some of the build up, so be prepared to pull over and wash the surface if needed.
  • Tire Pressure- When the rubber meets the road you may find that the heat changes your tires air pressure. If your tires are under inflated, they will be more prone to have a blow out… and those are no fun.
  • Tire Tread Condition can cause your traction to respond very differently when the asphalt is hot, some times the surface of the road becomes softer in this type of weather.
  • Air Circulation- Is critical for both you and your engine. Be sure to keep an eye on the engine temperature gauge on your dash. If it is rising to high you may need to pull over and turn off your car to allow your engine to cool. Another option is to draw heat out of engine compartment by turning on your interior heater.
  • Air Conditioner- Is most effective in cooling the passenger compartment when you have it set to recirculate the previously cooled air. Some times the Air Conditioner can put a big draw on the temperature of the Transmission when you are driving at higher altitudes.

Emergency Car Kit

  • Jumper cables
  • Extra Fluids for the vehicle.
  • Flares or caution cones.

People Care

  • No one left behind- people or pets as the temperature inside a vehicle can rise very quickly.
  • Water for all the living beings. Be sure to stay well hydrated.
  • Snacks are best if they are not heat sensitive.
  • Shade/ sun screen for when you are not in your vehicle.
  • Phone and charger.

Weird Tips

  • Alcohol based Sanitizer- Many of us are carrying a container in our vehicle. It may be wise to be sure that it is not in a place that is exposed to direct heat… as it can be flammable.
  • Clear Water bottles can act like a magnifying glass and should be kept out of direct sunlight to reduce flammable any properties.
  • Don’t Get Burned-by the asphalt, concrete or sand surfaces as you exit your vehicle, they retain heat even after they are shaded.

Wear your shades, take a break and rest often to stay at your most alert status for driving.

Want To Hear More From Merrill Law?

You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below. 

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.

Share a Smile, Share Joy, Share Hope!

Share a Smile, Share Joy, Share Hope!

We have noticed that some folks have been busy in the garden, painting new art, building special projects, making new friends, learning new things, returning to forgotten hobbies.

These flowers were given to our office a few years back and continue to make us smile when we remember the kind lady who brought them.

We feel that these are things to remember and share.

Tell us about things that have been good, joyful, encouraging,and cheerful in your life.

You can comment on this Facebook post to share your smiles.

Want to hear more from us… 

You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below.

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day

A salute for that special Mother who has looked after us and touched our lives for the better.

Bringing joy to a birthday, playing in the sun with us as a child, baking cookies, cheering in the stands, staying awake with us through the night while we battle a nasty illness, showering us with butterfly kisses and band aids.

Sharing our laughter, and tears along with bits of wisdom and humor.

Mom “isms”…

Those strange sayings, that pop out of my mouth and give people just a moment of surprise and usually a smile.

So to all of you dedicated Mothers, and to their children…of any age…

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Here’s to all the amazing Mothers

Avid supporters of their family

Patient and Persistent in their dedication

Praise upon their lips

Yet attentive when the need for direction must be given

 

Making magnificent memories 

Overseeing our accomplishments with joy

Touching our hearts in so many ways

Helping us through the difficult times in life

Encouraging us to pursue our dreams and aspirations

Reaching toward our goals

Sharing in a selfless manner

 

Determined to provide stability and guidance

Always loving, hoping, and caring

Yearning to see their children reflect Love, Life, Learning

Thank you for all you do, for all you are!

You can follow us at these social networks.

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.

Corona Virus-Responsibilities, Court Closures and More

Court Closures

Important things to be aware of during the Corona Virus Pandemic in regards to Traffic Tickets, DUI, Criminal Defense.

Although many of the Washington Courts are closed to the public, there are many things that are still happening.

  • Be sure to address your tickets in a timely manner, 15 Days to send it in.
  • Check if you have a scheduled court hearing, if you still need to address it.
  • We have been following the court closures and making the adjustments that are required for the cases that are in our care.
  • We will continue to address these issues as needed.

If you have a case that requires you to attend the hearing

You can check in on the Washington Court System for updatesor call the office during business hours.

Visits To The Office

We are still open for business, but are asking that you use hand sanitizer when you enter the office.

If you are sick, please call first, so that we can make arrangements to protect those employees who are at risk.

We will do our best to address each situation in the best way possible.

Contact us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.

Want to hear more from us… 

You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below. 

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.

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.

Call us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.

Want To Hear More From Rick…

You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below.

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.

Your Driving Record

Your Driving Record

 According to the Washington State Department of Licensing  an abstract or copy of driving record, is “a history of violations, convictions, collisions, and departmental actions incurred by a driver over a period of time”.  

Types of Records

There are several different types of driving records that are available through the Washington State Department of Licensing.  Driving records are considered confidential and are only available to those parties who are authorized by law and they are not allowed to reveal the information contained on the record to a third party.

  • Complete record- contains convictions, violations, collisions, suspensions, revocations, and disqualifications, deferred prosecutions, and failures to appear.  Those who are allowed to get a complete record copy are those individuals named on the record, attorneys, law and justice agencies and governmental agencies.
  • Insurance Abstract- contains the past 3 years of commercial and non commercial driving including convictions, violations, collisions, and failures to appear.  Those who are allowed to obtain an insurance abstract are those individuals named on the record and insurance companies and their agents. This type of record is used to create and renew motor vehicle insurance policies.
  • Employment Record- contains convictions, violations, collisions, suspensions, revocations, disqualifications, deferred prosecutions, and failures to appear.  Those who are allowed to obtain an Employment Record are those individuals named on the driving record, employers and their agents and prospective employers and their agents.  This type of record is used to determine if a driver should be employed.
  • Alcohol/Drug assessment (up to 10 years)–Used by chemical dependency agencies

To get a copy of your driving record you can:

  • Visit any local Washington State Department of Licensing.  You will need to provide photo identification along with the $13.00 fee.  
  • Purchase online.  You will be required to provide the Washington State Driver’s license number, along with your social security number, and a credit/debit card to pay the $13.00 fee. 
  • Request by regular mail.  You would send the driving records request form along with a check or money order for the $13.00 fee.

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

Call us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.

Want To Hear More From Rick…  You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below.

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.

Safety Belts in Washington

Seat Belt Law

In Washington State, as an adult you are required by state law to wear a seat belt while operating a motor vehicle.

As written in the RCW 46.61.688, every person over the age of 16 who is either a driver or a passenger in a vehicle is required by law to wear a safety belt in a properly secured manner.

As the driver of the vehicle you are required by law to ensure that all passengers under the age of 16 are wearing a seat belt or are securely fastened in an approved child safety restraint.

There can be a written verification from a licensed physician that states that the operator or passenger is unable to use a safety belt for medical or physical reasons.

If you violate the seat belt law of Washington State you could be issued a traffic infraction. If found guilty of the traffic infraction, it will appear on your driving record, however according to RCW 46.61.688 the traffic infraction is not available to insurance companies or employers.

Child Restraint

A child under 2 years of age must be secured in a rear-facing restraint until the child reaches the height or weight limit of the restraint system as set by the manufacturer.

A child who is under 4 years of age must be secured in a forward-facing restraint until the child reaches the height or weight limit of the restraint system as set by the manufacturer.

A child that is less than 4 feet 9 inches tall is required to be properly restrained in a child restraint system and it must comply with standards of the United States department of transportation and must be properly installed in the automobile according to the restraint instructions and the automobile automobile manufacturer.

A child who is under the age of 13 must ride in the back seat positions of an automobile when back seat positions are available.

Enforcement of the child restraint law is usually done by a visual inspection by a law enforcement officer to determine if the child restraint system has been properly installed and it is the proper system for the child’s age and height.

A driver who violates the child restraint law may be issued a traffic infraction. According to RCW 46.61.687, if a driver that is issued a traffic infraction for violating the child restraint law provides proof within 7 days to the issuing jurisdiction that an approved child restraint system has been acquired and if the driver has not had previous child restraint dismissal, the issuing jurisdiction may dismiss the notice of traffic infraction.

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

Call us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.

Want To Hear More From Rick…

You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below.

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.

Snowmageddon Tale

Todays Saga…

Began with a stop at the Co-Op Feed store in Everett. They made quick work of loading about 700 pounds of feed for Rick’s animals.

Stocking up…

Since it is not far from my house I said that I would be happy to pick it up and deliver it for him.

“Turn off the paved road!”

The neighborhood is filled with some intense hills. The truck handled amazing on the way in, however for the final hill I turned on the 4 wheel drive. I heard a pop of sorts as the truck lost its traction and began to slide rapidly back down the hill. I frantically shifted from 1st gear to reverse while trying to steer the slide and with a swish the drivers side went into the ditch.

A Delightful Sight…

The track hoe was huge! Just what my beast of at truck, a 4×4 Crew Cab Dually Diesel, was going to need. He pulled me out of the ditch and anchored me as I backed down to safety. We loaded the feed into the “Wonder Buggy” to make the trip to the barn.

Since I was having a terrible time with traction it was time pull out the chains. The Wonder Buggy returned and after we chained up the front and the outside duals I headed onward and upward.

Slip Sliding Away…

There was several inches of snow over an icy surface from the past storm. As soon as you crush the new snow, the texture acts like water on top of ice. A long straight climb came to a halt for my Jolly Green Giant.

Get a Move On…

It was important to get off the hill, so I backed up to get traction, rolling forward slowly, rocking the rig forward and back to get some momentum, accelerating quickly, trying to steer to the side, different gears, and 4×4 settings. Nope still stuck.

Pretty soon there are trucks trying to come down the hill, and trucks behind me trying to go up, and me a stuck in the muck, in the middle.

The next hour…

Included the neighbors digging into the gravel road and breaking off small branches and spreading sand to provide traction for my tires. Bouncing on the tailgate while driving.

The rescue truck they brought down…got its slide on, so they could not tow me up. In order to gain more traction they let some air out of the tires of that rig. I was not comfortable doing that with my dual wheels, as squishy Duallys that touch each other can cause a blowout.

We discovered that my 4 wheel drive is not working and seemed to contribute to the traction control issues. The truck was in my opinion over reactive, however when we put it back into 2 wheel drive it settled down. The joy and relief that I felt as I followed it up the hill, was huge.

It Takes a Village…

These amazing neighbors treated me like one of their own. The energy that they put in to each idea was astounding. Thank you for getting me and my Jolly Green Giant back on the road and home to my family this evening.

Today We Used…

A tow strap and chain, 2 pairs of tire chains, a bungie cord, 100 pounds of sand, 350 pounds of rocks between the wheel wells, rocks to use as wheel chocks, plywood for a smooth surface, shovel, assorted tools, gloves, and a flashlight hat…lots of ideas!

Traction is a Tricky Thing…

We like to compare the depth of the snow to decide if it is safe to travel. But many times it is the texture of the snow, compact snow and ice, water, slush on each surface that makes or breaks your rigs ability to connect with the road. Ad into that equation the specific hills, and angles of the roadway. Followed by factoring in the shade in a given area and the temperature at the time you are travelling.

Your traction may also be directly affected by the way the snow began. Was the road covered in rain that froze first? Did the snow fall on top of a sheet of ice, or does the snow actually connect to the grooves of the road.

Be Prepared, Be Safe, Stay Warm, and Thank You for the Help!

Want To Hear More From Rick…

You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below.

Sign up for the Monthly Newsletter.