traffic infraction

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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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.

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Failure to Appear for a Traffic Ticket

What is Failure to Appear?

When you receive a traffic citation, you are required to respond to the court within 15 calendar days from the date of the infraction.

If you do not respond to your Traffic Citation in a timely manner a Fail to Appear (FTA) will be added to your court file.

FTA Can Cause a License Suspension.

According to RCW 46.20.289.The Washington State Department of Licensing can suspend all driving privileges if they receive notice from the court that a person has:

  • Failed to respond to a traffic citation.

  • Failed to appear at a hearing.

  • Violated a written promise to appear in court for the infraction.

How Long is my License Suspended or Revoked?

Your license can be suspended until you pay the fine or comply with the requirement to appear in court.

Steps to Reinstate Your License.

  1. Once your failure to appear has been cleared with the court, they will issue a certificate of adjudication.

  2. After the court notifies DOL that your failure to appear has been cleared, DOL will update your driving record to show your license is not suspended or revoked any more.

  3. You will need to apply for a new license. You may need to pay a:

    • $75 reissue fee plus your licensing fees if the original charge wasn't drug or alcohol related, or

    • $150 reissue fee plus your licensing fees if the original charge was drug or alcohol related.

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After You Hire Merrill Law for a Traffic Ticket

What happens after you hire Merrill Law for representation for a traffic ticket?

After you have completed the client agreement form and provided payment. Our legal team members will process the proper paperwork to fight your ticket.

We will notify the court in writing that Merrill Law is representing you, and we will request the Discovery.

The Discovery are documents that include the sworn reports from the arresting officer for the Attorney to review and build a defense for your specific case.

Setting a Court Date

When the court receives our notice of appearance, the court clerks will assign a court date. We watch your case closely for this date to be set and calendar for the attorney to appear on your behalf.

The court has 120 days to hold a hearing for the traffic infraction.

Sometimes the courts will send you a notice of the hearing date. You are not required to attend or fill out the statement, as we will address your infraction at the court hearing. You do not need to miss any of your own obligations.

Sometimes an infraction will have more than one hearing date for a variety of reasons. We will address this infraction for you until it has been resolved.

The day of your hearing

It is not necessary for you to attend the court date so We will address your traffic infraction at the time of the hearing. When you completed the client agreement form, you authorized Merrill Law to act on your behalf at the court hearing.

What happens next?

After the hearing we will monitor your file for the court clerks to complete the updates in the court docket regarding your case.

This is a very important step as the Docket Entry directly affects your driving record. We want to make sure that this has been correctly entered to reflect the decisions that were made at Court.

Once the docket has been updated and the outcome is verified by the attorney, we will notify you by mail of the outcome of your case. This process normally takes several days to a week.

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