Part of the service we provide here for people with traffic tickets is letting them know the times when they don’t need a traffic attorney. And I thought of writing this post today because of a comment I received on the blog. I thought it was important to get this information out there so you don’t needlessly spend your money
The Comment that Prompted this Post
What drew me to write this post was a comment I received (a spam comment, no less) from some company in California that is offering services to fight traffic camera tickets. I don’t know what the laws are like in California, so I can’t really comment as to whether or not they are being slightly dishonest or not, but in the State of Washington camera tickets are defined as non-moving violations.
This means that if you get a speeding ticket that is a camera ticket, it doesn’t go on your driving record (there are issues with determining who was the driver of the vehicle that they don’t really want to get into with traffic attorneys like myself).
But, just because this is so, doesn’t mean that some people won’t try to take your money and “help you out.” Here are some other examples of traffic tickets you don’t need a traffic lawyer for.
Cell Phone Tickets are Non-Moving Violations
Yep, those pesky cell phone tickets you keep getting from the cops are non-moving violations. Even though research has shown that this type of driving is some of the most dangerous, it’s a slap on the wrist that doesn’t affect your insurance.
Seat Belt Violations are Not Moving Violations
I guess I can get this one – if you are not wearing your seat belt the only person you’re really putting into danger is yourself. Get one of these tickets and it will set you back about $124, but it won’t affect your insurance rates.
Inattentive Driving is Not a Moving Violation
You would think failing to pay attention while you were driving would be a moving violation – typically the only time this would apply would be when you were actually driving – but it’s not. This is something (along with cell phone and seat belt) that we often negotiate tickets down to when you’re caught speeding.
Any Mechanical Malfunctions are Not Moving Violations
Broken headlight, broken taillight, broken license plate light, etc., these are all non-moving violations. Fix the problem and ask the court to reduce the fine and they’ll probably do it.
One important note here, though, if you get a ticket for failing to use your turn signal, even if it was because your turn signal was broken, that is still a moving violation that you need to take care of. If you get a ticket like that you want to give us a call.
At the end of the day this is a short list of what is a pretty long list of non-moving violations. If you want to be sure you’re doing the right thing hiring a traffic attorney or not, give us a call. We’ll talk to you for free and give you our opinion on what you should do. If you don’t need our help, we’ll tell you.