If you live in the North Bend area and have received a traffic ticket, it was probably along one of our busy roadways. Unfortunately, many locals citizens have been stopped near I-90 during their commute.
Traffic violations occur at some point in nearly everyone’s driving history. Though it may seem like a minor matter, if you plead guilty to a traffic ticket there could be long-term consequences on your driving record.
When you choose to plead guilty, or worse, not show up at all, it may affect your good standing as a driver (and raise your car insurance). In the worst-case scenario, you could even lose your driving privileges.
When you receive a traffic ticket, you have the right to challenge it in court. As experienced North Bend traffic law attorneys, the Jones Firm can help you maintain a clean driving record. Dax Jones defends clients on traffic matters throughout the area including King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. For more than 10 years, the Jones Law Firm has dedicated itself to cases big and small. We stay focused on getting clients their desired result.
The Jones Law Firm can handle traffic tickets for many violations including:
Child restraint or car seat violations
Driving on a suspended or revoked license
Driving on the wrong side of the road
Driving without insurance
Failure to stop
Failure to yield
Lane change violations
What Happens If I Plead Guilty to a Traffic Violation?
If you plead no contest or guilty to a traffic ticket, you must pay a fine and will likely receive points on your driving record. If you incur too many points, the court may suspend or revoke your driving privileges. Pleading guilty and getting points on your record can also increase your auto insurance premiums.
What Happens I Fight a Traffic Citation?
When you decide to fight a traffic citation, you are pleading not guilty. When you plead not guilty, you contest the ticket and request a trial. In this instance, you may represent yourself (called “pro se”) or you can hire a skilled attorney. If the court finds you not guilty, you do not incur any penalties or fines.
North Bend Traffic Ticket Fines
The fines and penalties of a traffic citation vary by location. If there are fines or costs that you have questions about, review your citation or reach out to the local court for more information. Your traffic attorney can also help you to determine what these amounts are.
State of Washington Assessment Fees
If you get a traffic ticket in Washington State, you will likely receive an assessment fee in addition to your traffic fine. These fees go to help fund state projects and other programs.
Auto Insurance Rate Increases
A guilty plea or fine for a traffic ticket results in points being added to your driving history. Once your insurance company sees these points on your driving record, chances are good that you will see an increase in your auto insurance premiums. It can take years to reduce your premiums resulting from a traffic ticket.
Traffic Citation Penalties
Repeated traffic violations on your driving history within a certain time frame could result in an eventual suspension of your driver’s license. A suspension means a temporary loss of driving privileges. If the traffic violations continue, eventually the court could revoke your license, meaning termination of your driving privileges.
Penalties for Youth
Individuals who are still working toward driving privileges, such as teenagers learning how to drive, have greater risks and penalties if they receive traffic tickets.
Penalties for Commercial Drivers in North Bend
A CDL holder has greater requirements to comply with when operating a vehicle compared to a standard driver. CDL drivers must report traffic violations to their employer and the Department of Labor. These drivers only have a day to report a suspended or revoked license to their employer.
Severe Traffic Offenses
There are many serious traffic offenses. Severe traffic violations could result in a suspended or revoked license. If the prosecutor charges you with a serious traffic offense, you should speak with an experienced North Bend traffic attorney like Dax Jones right away. Some of these serious offenses include:
Driving under the influence (DUI)
Leaving the scene of an accident
Uninsured motorist in accident
Often, a traffic violation is simply an honest mistake on behalf of the driver. In these instances, drivers deserve leniency to correct their mistake. In other instances, the court or officer made a mistake and the traffic matter needs a resolution through the formal legal process and a trial.
North Bend traffic attorney Dax Jones can help you to resolve your traffic violation. Contact us for a free consultation. Dax Jones works on behalf of his clients to negotiate case dismissals or to get traffic violation charges reduced. We can meet you at a location that is best for you in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. The Jones Law Firm has Seattle-area traffic ticket lawyers who are ready to help you to resolve your case.