Most of us will get a speeding ticket at some point in our life. Don’t let that ticket increase your insurance rates for years. If you received a ticket in Spokane Valley or anywhere in Spokane County, consult with an attorney today.
Spokane Speeding Tickets
The first thing you think about when you get pulled over for speeding is: How much is this going to cost me? The truth is, the ticket itself is not the full cost of getting a speeding conviction on your record. A typical speeding ticket (5 to 15 over) is going to cost a fine from $125 to $150 and the time lost from work, getting to the courthouse and parking.
But it doesn’t end there. In Washington State, the insurance company could increase your rate by 20 to 25 percent.
If you pay around $150 a month for insurance, then it will go up around $30 each month which will be around a $1,000 increase in a three-year period.
Don’t Pay the Ticket!
The worst thing to do is to just pay the ticket. When you get the citation from the officer, you have three options under Washington State Law:
- Pay the ticket in full: By doing this, you agree that you did the offense and the ticket goes on your record.
- Request Mitigation: This option allows you to explain your circumstances in front of a magistrate who can reduce your fine, but you are still admitting that you committed the violation, and the ticket goes on your record.
- Contest the Ticket: Here you are saying that you did not do what the ticket says and you want to fight it in court. You can check the appropriate box and mail the ticket in or you can call the number on your ticket. If you choose this, you will be given a pre-hearing settlement conference where you will talk to someone from the prosecutor’s office. Then if you don’t like what they are offering, you will get your day in court in front of a judge.
What if I Just Ignore the Ticket?
Ok, there is something worse you can do: Just ignore the ticket. If you don’t do anything, eventually the court will send your ticket to a collection company, and you will have to pay excess fines and lose your right to contest the ticket.
If that happens, then it will go on your record and your insurance rates will go up. If you didn’t respond for some reason, act fast and talk to one of our attorneys and the may be able to help you out or your jam.
What About a Deferment?
In Washington, each driver can do one deferment for a moving violation and another for a non-moving violation every seven years. If you qualify, the court may require you to:
- Pay a deferral fee of $150.
- Take a driving course (at court’s discretion).
- Ticket probation for up to a year.
Qualifications for Deferral:
- Must have a currently valid driver’s license,
- Must not have had a previous deferral in the last 7 years,
- Must not have a commercial driver’s license.
If you stay clean, then the probation goes away, if you get another ticket during that period, then your other ticket could be reinstated and become an automatic conviction on your record plus you will have to deal with the new ticket.
Spokane Speeding Ticket Lawyer
You can get a deferral by asking for one and don’t need an attorney. However, it’s best to consult an attorney who knows the law and can get you the best result for your circumstances.
Here’s why you should talk to one now:
- Go to work, not to court: Let us go to court for you so you don’t have waste hours in court.
- Do what’s best for you: We are not a ticket mill, and you are not just a number. We can look at your current charges and your record to see which option is best for you.
- Get peace of mind: Just send us the ticket and we take care of the rest. Spend your time doing important things and we will take care of you.