Speeding tickets and other traffic infractions are the biggest court date most of us ever face. If you are like most people, your first thought might be to simply pay the ticket and be on your way. While this is one option, having a moving violation on your driving record can raise your insurance rates and if you get too many, could eventually suspend your driving privilege.
If the officer gave you a green ticket, that is a traffic infraction. This means that it is not a criminal charge, even though a police officer was the one who charged you. Washington State Patrol is also issuing infractions on thermal printed paper. The most common traffic tickets given include: speeding, failure to stop, negligent driving second degree, and defective equipment. All of these are considered moving violations. If you are found to have committed a moving violation, it can affect your insurance rates.
You must respond to a ticket within 15 days of being cited. On the back of the ticket there are 3 boxes: 1. Pay the fine; 2. Ask to mitigate (reduce) the fine; 3. Ask for a contested hearing. With the first two options you admit to committing the infraction and are paying the fine. If you want to fight the ticket and try to keep your insurance rates down, you must choose the third option. Asking for a contested hearing preserves your rights and allows us to fight the ticket. First, we try to get all speeding tickets dismissed; if it can’t be dismissed we work to have it reduced to a non-moving violation. Our attorneys handle speeding/traffic tickets in Spokane, Spokane County, Cheney, Airway Heights and Deer Park. Call now to see how we can help with your ticket. (509) 774.2974