One Way Traffic Attorneys Win Cases
Before I get too far, let me let you in on a little information. I am not trying to sell you anything. I am not trying to lull you into a false sense of hope about the outcome of your speeding ticket. In fact, I can’t even guarantee you that after you read this article you’ll be able to beat your ticket.
But I can guarantee you this – you’ll have at least one tool in your arsenal to help you fight your traffic ticket.
I’m a Seattle traffic lawyer so I know about this stuff. I litigate anywhere from 5-10 traffic tickets each week. Most I win, some I lose. But I always go in with the goal of keeping my clients’ driving records clean. And that’s what you should do too. So, here we go!
What I’m going to talk about today is a procedural defense to a speeding ticket. The great thing about rules, particularly in the practice of law, is that they must be followed. If they are not followed (well, most of the anyway), then the document or the case, or the item is defective, and the court won’t allow it to be a part of the case. This is great for traffic attorneys, as we are always looking for ways to keep things out of the case.
One of the procedural requirements for traffic citations, in Seattle at least (there may be different rules in different place, so check first), is that the case must be filed within the court within 5 business days of it’s issuance. So, for example, if you are issued a speeding ticket on Monday, then they must file the ticket by that next Monday, assuming there are no legal holidays (Tuesday is day one, then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday).
If the case is not filed within 5 days (and this happens much more often than you might expect) then the ticket is defective, the court will not hear it, and it will be dismissed! So, one of the first things you should look at with your ticket it the date it was issued and the date it was filed with the court. If the cop waited too long, you could have an issue that could get your ticket dismissed without any trouble!
Good luck out there, and drive safe.