One of the first questions our clients ask at a consultation is how the infraction will affect their insurance rates. From our experience and depending on the context of the situation, a single ticket can increase insurance premiums by roughly $20-30 per month. Over a three-year period, this can mean thousands of dollars lost just because you were going too fast or didn’t signal when changing lanes.
Depending on the penalty you received with the ticket, the total amount that ticket will cost you can be much greater. Call our Bellevue traffic infraction attorneys today. They will use their vast experience and understanding of Washington motor vehicle laws to fight for you and keep the ticket from getting onto your driving record.
For driving under the influence (DUI) infractions, the questions clients usually ask and the situation they find themselves in is much different than for normal infractions. Obviously, the ideal outcome for these cases is to have the charges dismissed. Sadly, this rarely happens and most of the time should not be an expected outcome. Instead, more often than not these cases end in a reduced charge that does not go on your criminal record.
Depending on the specific details of your case, a charge of driving under the influence can have many unexpected outcomes. Our DUI attorneys in Bellevue are experienced in handling these matters and understand that this one mistake should not ruin your life. The range of possible outcomes coupled with the discretionary power of the courts in these cases means retaining a representative that you can trust is of the utmost importance.Steps in an Infraction Case
If you hire one of our traffic infraction attorneys serving Bellevue, they will begin the case by filing their notice of appearance and requesting discovery from the police. The police are required by law to produce all relevant reports, information, and other documentation related to the specific events leading to your receipt of the infraction.
From here, a contested hearing date is set, and our attorneys will work with you based off the specific facts presented by you and those facts found out through discovery. With hundreds and hundreds of infraction cases under the belt of our Northwest Law Group traffic infraction attorneys, you can rest easy.Other Considerations
Another important situation to consider is in special cases, such as the laws surrounding the retention of a Commercial Driver’s License. If you have earned your CDL, whether or not you use it for work, getting certain types of infractions can threaten your ability to retain that license. If your livelihood is directly tied to driving a commercial vehicle, a simple traffic infraction can mean you are out of work for up to months at a time.
If you receive a traffic infraction on the state side in any of the below categories, your CDL could be at risk. The infraction types listed below are non-exhaustive.
- Reckless driving
- Negligent driving
- Failing to stop or failing to yield the right of way
- Improper lane usage
- Talking or texting on a phone while driving
If you have questions about your particular infraction and whether or not you should fear for your CDL, calling one of our traffic infraction attorneys in Bellevue can make all the difference between losing months’ worth of wages and continuing life as you normally do.