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Matt Grover Educator of the Month

 

Educator of the Month...

It is inspiring to read all of the heartfelt applications that are submitted each month.  We are surrounded by incredible educators who demonstrate their care and commitment to  each generation of children.  After careful review, we have selected our winner!  

And the Winner of the December 2015 Educator of the Month Award Is….

Matt Grover, of Hilltop Elementary in the Edmonds School District

Below is the entry that was submitted to our website outlining why Mr. Grover is so deserving of  the $500 award:

I have had the great pleasure of not only working with Mr. Matt Grover, but my son was lucky enough to have him as his third grade teacher. Mr. Grover is an amazing teacher who shows a huge amount of care for his students. He has such a calm and kind manner, and treats his students with so much respect. 

He has an incredible way of helping all his students to grow to love reading. My son was a good reader going into third grade, but gained a great love and interest in books by the end of the school year because of Mr. Grover. Mr. Grover helped in creating a boy’s book club which brought over 50 boys to gather after school to read and talk about books. It was amazing to see so many boys gather, and I am confident that it was a successful club because of Mr. Grover. 

I feel blessed and fortunate that my son was able to learn and grow from Mr. Grover. My son says, "He is a good teacher because he read us a lot of really cool books. He is very nice and doesn't ever get mad. I learned to love reading a lot and I learned a lot of math." 

I hope you will choose Mr. Grover as a teacher of the month, he is more than deserving of this award!

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The recipient receives a plaque, a Great Big Check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.

The Clock is Ticking…

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, dedicated to their students educational growth please let Rick know...

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go…

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

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If you have been arrested, received a notice requiring you to appear in court, or have been given a ticket you may need the of help of Rick Merrill.  

Rick is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and has been helping people in your situation since 1992.

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November 2015 Educator of the Month

The stylish hat Rick is sporting was made by the 5th grade students from Jackson Elementary!

The stylish hat Rick is sporting was made by the 5th grade students from Jackson Elementary!

 

Educator of the Month...

It is inspiring to read all of the heartfelt applications that are submitted each month.  We are surrounded by incredible educators who demonstrate their care and commitment to  each generation of children.  After careful review, we have selected our winner!  

And the Winner of the November 2015 Educator of the Month Award Is….

Claire Baker, of Jackson Elementary in the Everett School District.

Below is the entry that was submitted to our website outlining why Ms. Baker is so deserving of  the $500 award:

Claire Baker teaches 5th grade at Jackson Elementary school. She goes above and beyond with her students and community.

Claire taught her students to crochet for years with her mother's help. In the last two years she and I started an after-school Fiber Arts Club to continue teaching the students crochet along with other ways to work with fiber.

 She has also taken on a leading role in the summer reading challenge, sending postcards to students, encouraging staff to take pictures of themselves reading, and even asking her sons band to perform a concert if the school reaches their reading goal.

 Claire devotes many hours and her own income to prepare her class to be a place for learning. She is an outstanding part of our Jackson community and deserves to be acknowledged as such. Thank you for considering my request.

Nominate Now

The recipient receives a plaque, a great big check to display, and $500 to help defray miscellaneous costs for the classroom.

The Clock is Ticking…

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, dedicated to their students educational growth please let Rick know...

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go…

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

Give us a call

If you have been arrested, received a notice requiring you to appear in court, or have been given a ticket you may need the of help of Rick Merrill.  

Rick is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and has been helping people in your situation since 1992.

If you have any questions throughout the process call the office, we very happy to help.

We would love to hear from you!  

You can connect with us on social media at any of the networks below. We are active participants in the community and are happy to share more than legal information.

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It was Fun While it Lasted

 

Last weekend we all celebrated our Nation’s Declaration of independence on July 4th.  Some of us had barbecue’s to attend, some of us attended a local parade or two, and of course most of us celebrate the 4th of July with the incorporation of fireworks.  We have received a few phone calls in the office regarding clients receiving a citation for fireworks. The most common fireworks offenses are unlawful possession of fireworks and the unlawful discharge or use of fireworks.  Both of these charges are considered criminal charges and come with the possibility of monetary penalties and time spent in jail.

Possession of Illegal Fireworks

The general everyday fireworks that most of us buy at the local firework stand are classified as “Consumer Fireworks”.  Illegal fireworks are any fireworks that do not follow the definition of “Consumer Fireworks” under the WAC 212-17-035.  The Washington State Patrol has a list of illegal fireworks found on their website. According to RCW 70.77.485 which addresses the unlawful possession of fireworks, depending on the amount of illegal fireworks in your possession you could be found guilty of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor.   

Unlawful Discharge or Use of Fireworks

RCW 70.77.488 addresses the unlawful discharge or use of fireworks.  This RCW is a law that explains that it is illegal for anyone to discharge or use fireworks that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to someone or damage to someone else’s property.  Violation of unlawful discharge or use of fireworks is considered a gross misdemeanor.

Misdemeanor vs Gross Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor conviction comes with a 90 days maximum penalty in jail and a $1000.00 fine. A gross misdemeanor conviction comes with a 364 days maximum penalty in jail and a $500.00 fine.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of receiving a criminal citation, please don’t hesitate to give Rick a call.  He is an experienced criminal defense attorney and has been handling criminal cases since 1992.

If you’ve just been pulled over and would like Rick to represent you - give us a call  or send us an email, we’ll 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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The Do's and Don'ts of Motorcycles

 

It is summertime, and with summertime comes sunshine and motorcycles.  Motorcycles are great way to enjoy this wonderful weather.  However, there are extra steps a Washington State licensed driver needs to take to ensure he or she is within the rules of the road.

How to Get an Endorsement

According the Washington State Department of Licensing, to legally ride a motorcycle you are required to obtain a 2-wheel motorcycle or 3-wheel sidecar/trike you must have an endorsement on your driver’s license or obtain a motorcycle instruction permit to learn how to ride on public roadways.  There are two ways to obtain an endorsement you are required to successfully complete a motorcycle safety course at a Washington State Department of Licensing approved motorcycle training school or you can pass the knowledge and riding skills test at an approved motorcycle training school.  To obtain a motorcycle instruction permit you are required to pass the knowledge test at an approved training school.

Requirements for a Motorcycle Endorsement

If you have a 2-wheel motorcycle or scooter that has an engine larger than 50cc or can exceed speeds of 30 mph you are required to have 2-wheel motorcycle endorsement.  If the engine is smaller than 50cc and has a maximum speed of 30 mph you are not required to have an endorsement.  You are required to have a 3-wheel endorsement if your 2-wheel motorcycle has a stabilizing conversion kit installed, if your motorcycle has a sidecar, or if your motorcycle is considered a 3-wheel trike.  If you ride your motorcycle without the proper endorsements or without a permit your running the risk of receiving a costly traffic ticket for no motorcycle endorsement, as well as your motorcycle or trike could be impounded.

Helmet Laws

Along with the motorcycle endorsement that you are required to have on your license you are also required to wear a motorcycle helmet.  According the Washington State Patrol you are required to wear a motorcycle helmet when riding a motorcycle or motorcycle trike.  The helmet has to be certified by the manufacturer as meeting the United States Department of Transportation standards outline in 49 CFR 571.218.  A helmet that meets the standards required by the Department of Transportation will have a sticker on the back and will have information on the inside of the helmet that includes manufacturer name, helmet model, and size.  If you are caught riding a motorcycle or trike without wearing a helmet you could receive a costly traffic ticket for not wearing a helmet that could appear on your driving record.

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If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of receiving a traffic infraction, please don’t hesitate to give Rick a call.  He is an experienced traffic attorney and has been handling traffic violation cases since 1992.

If you’ve just been pulled over and would like Rick to represent you - give us a call  or send us an email, we’ll get right back to you.

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What is a CDL?

 

A commercial driving license, better known as a CDL, is a special license that is required by the Washington State Department of Licensing, for those drivers who drive any of the following types of vehicles:

 

  • Vehicles with a manufacturer's weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • Trailers with a manufacturer’s weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more and a combined vehicles gross weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • All vehicles designed to transport 16 or more persons including the driver
  • All school buses
  • Vehicles used to transport any material that requires a hazardous material placarding

The Washington State Department of Licensing has several useful links to help understand who is required to obtain a commercial driver's license.  There are several requirements that need to be met prior to obtaining a CDL.  

Possibilities of Losing Your CDL

What is important to understand that if you do have a commercial driver’s license and you find yourself in a situation where you have received a traffic ticket, you might be in jeopardy of losing your commercial driver’s license.  If your regular Washington State driver’s license has been suspended, revoked, cancelled, or surrendered for any reason your CDL, or commercial driver’s license can be suspended, revoked or disqualified.  A CDL suspension can come from committing 2 or more serious traffic offenses arising from separate incidents within a 3 year period of time.  Your commercial driver’s license could be disqualified to up to 120 days.  There are requirements that need to be met prior to being able to re-qualify for the commercial driver’s license which may include the knowledge and driving test, a $20.00 requalification fee, as well as a possibility of obtaining a letter from the Transportation Security Administration stating that you have passed their background check.

Protection is the Key

Once a driver has obtained a commercial driver’s license, protecting the license so it is not suspended, revoked, cancelled or surrendered is extremely important.  Rick is an experienced traffic attorney and helps protect those drivers who have commercial driver’s licenses.

If you have recently been pulled over and received a traffic ticket, and have a commercial driver’s license,  give us a call or email us. We will get right back to you. Rick has years of developed relationships with judges, prosecutors, and court clerks. Rick will do his best to help protect your commercial driver’s license.  

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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Speed Measuring Devices

 

Speed limits are important to help with overall traffic safety and having an enforced speed limit helps reduce traffic collisions and fatalities. There are multiple ways a driver could be caught for speeding.  It is important to understand the different tools used by police officers to help enforce the speed limit. 

Radar 

The Radar gun uses the Doppler effect to measure the speed of a moving vehicle.  A radar gun sends a wave through the air and when the radar frequency hits the fastest moving object in the beam, it sends the  change of frequency information back and the radar gun and then calculates the speed of the vehicle.  

Lidar

The Lidar gun uses laser light to measure the speed of a moving vehicle.  When in use, the officer points the lidar gun directly at the potentially speeding vehicle’s license plate.  There is a coating on the license plate that helps reflect the laser back to the gun to give the officer the speed reading.  The main difference between the radar gun and the lidar gun, is that the lidar gun can pinpoint exactly what vehicle is exceeding the speed limit.  

Aircraft Patrol

Aircraft patrol is done by a pilot in an airplane.  The pilot would visually observe a potentially speeding vehicle.  The pilot would then locate the white painted lines that have been painted on the roadside and then begin a stopwatch to time the speeding car.  The pilot would then radio down to a patrol officer and give the patrol officer a description of the car along with the timed speed.  If a citation is given for the excessive speed, the patrol officer and the pilot would be required to submit an affidavit, which is a report stating what transpired. 

Rick is on Your Side

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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