Do you need a Seattle Traffic Defense Lawyer?

A Seattle traffic defense lawyer may provide legal defense for criminal traffic cases, traffic infractions, or both types of traffic charges.

If you have been charged with a criminal traffic offense or a traffic infraction, you should consider hiring a Seattle traffic defense lawyer to represent you. The following information may help you decide whether hiring a Seattle traffic defense lawyer is a good option for you.

What is a criminal traffic offense?

• A criminal traffic offense is any traffic offense that carries criminal penalties. A criminal traffic offense may be a misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor, or a felony depending on the conduct involved. These offenses carry the possibility of jail time and substantial fines. If you are found guilty of a criminal traffic offense, the conviction will appear on your criminal record, and it may result in some of your rights being taken away from you. A Seattle traffic defense lawyer will be able to provide more information regarding the potential penalties for any specific criminal traffic charge you may be facing.

• Some criminal traffic offenses that you may be familiar with are Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving with License Suspended in the First/Second/or Third Degree, Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving in the First Degree, Reckless Endangerment, Boating Under the Influence, Felony DUI, Vehicular Assault, and Vehicular Homicide. If you are facing any of these charges, a Seattle traffic defense lawyer can help to explain the possible legal consequences. If you hire a Seattle traffic defense lawyer to defend you, he or she will investigate the charges against you, make sure your rights are upheld, negotiate your case, explain your legal options, and defend you at trial if necessary.

What is a traffic infraction?

• A traffic infraction is a violation of a traffic law or ordinance that is not classified as a criminal offense. Many common traffic violations are considered infractions. Examples include simple speeding tickets and parking tickets. Traffic infractions carry the possibility of fines, sanctions against your driver’s license, and non-renewal of your vehicle license. If the court finds that you committed a traffic infraction, you will most likely be required to pay a fine. Certain infractions may result in suspension, revocation, or denial of your driver’s license, and others may prevent you from renewing your vehicle license tabs. Infractions will also be listed on your driving record. This may affect your car insurance rates, because most car insurance companies monitor the driving records of the drivers they cover. A Seattle traffic defense lawyer can answer any questions you have regarding specific traffic infractions.

• Most commonly, people receive a notice of infraction (ticket) from a police officer that has stopped them for some sort of traffic violation. You might also receive a notice of infraction on your windshield if you have committed a parking violation or in the mail if the notice of infraction is issued by a court or through a photo enforcement system. The law requires that you be provided with a proper notice of infraction. A Seattle traffic defense lawyer can ensure that your infraction notice was written correctly, and he or she can challenge any improper notice on your behalf.

• You have the right to a hearing to contest the infraction, but you must request one in a timely manner. If you do not request a hearing within 15 days of receiving the notice of infraction, then the notice will be considered a final determination that you committed the infraction. A Seattle traffic defense lawyer can represent you in a hearing to contest or mitigate your traffic infraction. You may also be eligible to have your infraction deferred, and a Seattle traffic defense lawyer can also help you petition the court for a deferral.

The Seattle traffic defense lawyers of Findley & Rogers, PLLC are experienced in defending many types of criminal traffic charges and traffic infractions. Call us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

-Every case is different, Findley & Rogers, PLLC can make no guarantees about the outcome of a case, and nothing in this article is intended to be a comment on the abilities of any particular attorney.

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