Cited with a Traffic Infraction?
You just received a traffic infraction. Do you simply opt to pay the fine in an effort to move on with your life or do you hire an attorney to fight the ticket. Even if you believe you committed the infraction, it is always wise to consult with an attorney before making any decisions. The wrong decision can be costly.
1. Increased Insurance Premiums
A simple traffic ticket, such as speeding, can increase your insurance premiums for years. When you hire an attorney, you can seek to have your ticket dismissed, mitigated to a non-moving infraction, or explore the use of a "deferral."
2. Commercial Driver's License Suspensions
If you commit 2 or more serious traffic infractions that are from separate incidents within a 3 year period, your commercial's driver's license will be disqualified:
Serious Traffic Offenses:
- Speeding 15 miles per hour or more above the posted limit.
- Reckless driving.
- Any traffic violation, other than parking violations, that results in a fatal accident or collision.
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver license or without the proper endorsement.
- Negligent driving.
- Following too closely.
- Failing to stop.
- Failing to yield the right of way.
- Driving too fast for conditions.
- Improper lane change or travel.
- Improper overtaking on the right or left.
- Improper driving to the left of center of the roadway.
- Texting while driving a commercial motor vehicle
- Using a cell phone while driving a commercial motor vehicle
Do offenses in non-commercial vehicles count?
The short answer is yes, but the offenses that trigger the disqualification involve a commercial vehicle or a conviction of reckless driving in either type of vehicle.
Length of Disqualification:
- 2 serious traffic offenses: 60 days
- 3 serious traffic offenses: 120 days
3. Habitual Traffic Offender Status
A habitual traffic offender (HTO) is a driver who, within a 5-year period, has been:
- Convicted of 3 or more offenses listed in RCW 46.65.020(1).
- Found to have been convicted of or committed 20 or more moving violations listed in WAC 308-104-160.
The violations must have occurred within a 5-year period. If more than 1 of these offenses are committed within a 6-hour period, they're only counted as 1 on the first occasion.
If you're found to be a habitual traffic offender, your driver license will be revoked until it's eligible to be reinstated.
If you have additional questions regarding your eligibility, contact Pederson Law today to schedule a free and discreet telephone consultation.