Rick Merrill Retirement Calendar

Rick Merrill’s Retirement Calendar

Rick Merrill’s Retirement Calendar is keeping track of the months until Rick will retire. Reece and Logan will still be here to help you.

“I’ve got, I got nine Fridays left. I’m going to start working four days a week. Anyway it’s (my Retirement Calendar) right up on my wall, I can see it right over there. I check off the months.

So you know, as much as I think I’m going to leave on a certain date. I’m going to go home and get my yard to scream and yell and say oh hooray! You know, I suspect that I’ll probably be hanging around for a while.

You know. Just to help out. They know they can call me anytime they want to, if they need help. I’ll come in and work. Sometimes you get in the bind,  you have to be in more than one Court at a time, you know. I told Reece, no problem I’ll come in and take care of that for you.”

Rick Merrill’s Retirement Calendar

Even though Rick is planning his retirement, we will still be here at Merrill Law to continue to help you.

There are many ways an experienced attorney can help you.

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(425) 259 4972

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Together We Are Merrill Law

Together We Are Merrill Law

“Together we are Merrill Law. I am Rick Merrill, I am an attorney in Everett, I became an attorney 30 years ago to try to help people. I am very proud to say that two of my sons have joined the law practice as attorneys.

Oh Hi, I am Reece Merrill Attorney.  

I am Logan Merrill Attorney. 

Go ahead and come by with any questions that you have about a DUI, Reckless Driving, Speeding Ticket, Auto Accidents anything like that we are here to help you.

We practice in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce, Grant, Thurston, Island Counties.

You can find us online at Rickmerrillattorney.com

Stop in at the office or give us a call and we will be able to help you out. We are at 3625 Colby Ave in Everett, Washington. It is a converted old house that we turned into an office.

Together we are Merrill Law.”

Rick, Reece and Logan Merrill, Together we are Merrill Law! Here to help you with Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets.

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Ignition Interlock Employer Exemption

You can apply for an Ignition Interlock Employer Exemption If you have an Ignition Interlock Device installed in your personal vehicle. This will allow you to continue to drive for work after you have been accused of a DUI.

If the Court or the Department of License (DOL) has ordered you to have an Ignition Interlock Device installed on your personal vehicle, there is an exemption available for you to drive employer owned vehicles. The vehicle must be owned, leased, rented or be the temporary responsibility of your employer.

To be eligible to apply for the Employer Declaration for Ignition Interlock Exemption you need to:

  • Have an Ignition Interlock installed on your personal vehicle.
  • Complete the employee section of the form.
  • Have your employer complete their portion of the form.
  • Send a copy of the completed form to the Department of License
  • You need to carry a copy of the form when you are driving the company vehicle.

You can find the Employer Declaration for the Exemption for the Ignition Interlock requirement at dol.wa.gov or you may Click Here to follow the link to the Department of License form.

Important Details To Be Aware Of.

The Exemption will only apply to a vehicle that your employer has directed you to drive, and will not apply to any vehicles that you are driving for your personal commute to and from work.

Feel free to call us with any questions or to ask for help to complete the form.

We know that DUI’s can be a life changing event

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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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Educator of the Month Merriah Sample

Rick Merrill and Educator of the Month Merriah Sample.

Merrill Law Is Honoring Educators In Snohomish County.

During the school year we select an educator of the month to honor. The winners are presented a plaque donated by Awards Service, Inc. and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.

We are surrounded by incredible educators who demonstrate their care and commitment to each generation of children. Educators spend countless hours, going above and beyond to help each and every student achieve greatness.  

being an educator is a difficult job.  Most educators spend their own hard earned money to create positive learning environments for our local students.  

Rick Merrill and September 2021 Educator of the Month Merriah Sample.

Congratulations To Our 2021 September Educator Of The Month, Merriah Sample of the Forrest View Elementary School.

Nominated by Scott H.

Mrs. Sample is a school counselor at Forest View Elementary. She does such an amazing job of understanding and helping the students there.

When our son was at Forest View, Ms. Sample helped him to improve his social skills, behavior, and organization. She is always positive in her interactions with students and parents. She has had a huge positive impact on the lives of so many students!

Thank you for all that you do for the students.

Educator of the Month Plaque is donated by Awards Service, Inc.

Please Nominate  An Excellent Educator.

Please nominate 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.

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Negligent Driving 1st or 2nd Degree

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

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 your ticket for you.

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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.

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Free Shred Event

Reece, Logan and Rick Merrill ready to help you at our Free Shred Event.

FREE Shred Event!

You are invited to attend our FREE Shred and Food Drive Event on Monday, January 10th 2022 from 1 pm to 3 pm.

We have scheduled the Shred Event in January, to help people who are cleaning and purging their year end documents.

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

The Free Shred Event will be held in the alley behind our office at 3625 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201.

This is a Covid Conscious Event.

To Shred Or Not To Shred? The Answer Is to Shred, for 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 your boxes of documents to shred.

Documents will be destroyed by Proshred, a professional document destruction service with a mobile shredding unit and you can be sure that your documents will be shredded before the truck leaves our parking lot!

We will be accepting Documents to be shred from 1 pm to 3 pm or until the truck is full. We do not have a limit for the number of boxes each person may bring.

Your donations filled this minivan to the brim at our last event.

Donate Non-Perishable Food Items.

Please bring any non-perishable food to donate.  We love to load up Rick’s car with donations of non-perishable food for the Food Bank.

It is always a joy to deliver these generous donations to support our local food banks. They are truly appreciative for your kindness.

Donations of pet food and supplies, will be donated to Beck’s Place in Monroe. This is a local organization that helps people and pets in need in a variety of ways.

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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.

Something Sponsored Monroe Diedrich Espresso

Free on Friday September 10th Rick Merrill is paying for your drink!

Stop in at Deidrich Espresso in Monroe at 11am or after and while funds last Rick Merrill will be picking up the bill.

One drink per customer. Max $8 per drink.

Stop by and grab a drink!

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