Our Fees

We charge a flat fee for traffic tickets ($295) and offer student and military discounts.

Additional infractions on the same citation are $50.  Our fee for Negligent Driving in the 2nd Degree is $435.

Payment Methods

We accept Cash, MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Discover, and PayPal.

Please contact us prior to making payment to confirm we have all of the information we need to defend you. 
Making payment alone does not establish the attorney client relationship or guarantee we will take your case.

Payment Methods

We accept Cash, MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Discover, and PayPal.

Please contact us prior to making payment to confirm we have all of the information we need to defend you. 
Making payment alone does not establish the attorney client relationship or guarantee we will take your case.

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Uh Oh.. I received a ticket, … What happens to my insurance?

If you receive a ticket for a moving violation,  it is not likely to impact your rates until your renewal date when the insurance company checks your driving record.

According to WalletHub  how much a driver’s rate will go up depends on the state they are in, how fast they were going, and their previous driving history.

Generally, a ticket will affect your rates for 3-5 years depending on your state and whether you are a CDL holder.

What should I do if I get a ticket?  We always recommend fighting the ticket.  To do this follow these steps:

  • Check the Contested Hearing box on the bottom of the ticket. It should be the third box above the area asking for your mailing address and signature.
  • Copy, scan or take a picture of the ticket for your records and your attorney.
  • Mail the ticket (via US mail – no special services required) to the court listed on the ticket within 15 days from receiving it.
  • If you are going to hire an attorney it is best to contact them early in this process. They can assist you even at the last minute but you give them more chances to do it if they are partnered with you early in the game.
  • Once you mail your request for contested hearing the court has 21 days to send you back a hearing date.

Traffic Ticket? We Can Help!

Mitigation is a strategy intended to reduce the severity of your ticket. In doing so, you agree that you committed the infraction at hand, but the infraction will still appear on your record. The judge will review your case and may agree to reduce charges or fines based on your prior record or other factors.

A deferral is an opportunity to keep a traffic infraction off your record. One deferral is allowed every seven years for a non-moving violation, and one is allowed every seven years for a moving violation. Judges are not required to grant a deferral. If a judge grants it, you will be asked to pay a fee and agree to specific terms and conditions. If you pay accordingly and comply with the terms, which usually include perfect driving for one year, the infraction will not appear on your record. If you violate any of the agreements made in the deferral process, the infraction will appear on your record, and you will have to pay the full fine.

As an alternative to a court appearance, you may send a letter to the court to be read by the judge. We do not recommend this option. If you have a strong factual case, your presence in court can only help. You also forfeit some of your appeal rights when contesting a hearing by mail.

By requesting a contested hearing, you are using your constitutional right to have the plaintiff prove their case against you. For example, if you feel jurisdictional or procedural errors apply in your case, you can contest on these grounds. If you plan to fight your infraction, we strongly suggest legal counsel.

An experienced traffic attorney increases the chance that you can protect your record. Suppose it is impossible to obtain a dismissal (or a finding of "not committed"). In that case, we will attempt to negotiate with the prosecutor to protect your traffic record and your insurance rates.

If you are pulled over, always be polite and respectful. Do not make any admissions. You must identify yourself to the officer and provide your license, registration, and proof of insurance. You have the right to remain silent; exercise that right and ask for an attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the weaker your defense may become.

If you receive a camera ticket, you must respond to it. Otherwise, you may be subject to an even higher fine, and your vehicle registration may be held.

If you are the car owner but were not driving, you can have your ticket dismissed. If you were driving but do not believe you committed the infraction, you would have an opportunity to review a video recording of your incident online. If the recording supports your case, request a dismissal. If not, request mitigation to reduce the fine since camera tickets do not go on your traffic record. Be prepared to explain why this happened and why the judge should reduce the fine.

Call us if you need assistance.

WASHINGTON STATE'S
DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW

On July 23, 2017, Washington State's laws on texting and cell phone use changed. Previously, texting and handheld cell phone usage was illegal, but the infractions did not appear on your Department of Licensing record. Under the new law, these infractions will be considered a moving violation and appear on your DOL record.

The new law forbids handheld use of any kind of electronic device. A driver may not compose, read any data, view video, or look at or take a picture while driving. This includes times while you are stopped at a stop light or in heavy traffic. You may pull over to a safe location off the roadway where you are stationary and utilize your phone while parked (remember, you must still follow the road rules concerning where to pull over).

The law does allow minimal use of your finger to activate an app or device mounted in a dashboard cradle or your interactive in-car console. You may still use "CB" type radios.

Other activities will be enforced as a secondary offense when an officer pulls you over for another offense, such as following too close or speeding. These include such common activities as eating, putting on make-up, or other actions which may distract you, such as passing items around in your car.

If you received a cell phone or texting ticket before the new law took place and you paid or mitigated it thinking it would not appear on your DOL record, you may be wondering if the new law will change that. No. Under the old law, these tickets were specifically excluded from your DOL abstract unless you are a commercial driver, and the new law will not reach back and change that.

We strongly recommend that you change your old bad habits, put the phone away, and/or invest in a mounted cradle for your phone or an integrated console with hands-free features. We also strongly recommend fighting any ticket you receive under the new distracted driving rules, as it will impact your driving record. Please keep reading Donaldson & Knigge helpful info to learn what you should do in case of different traffic ticket situations.

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The Courts We Appear in

  • Pierce County District Court
  • Tacoma Municipal Court
  • Kitsap County District Court
  • Bainbridge Island Municipal Court
  • Bremerton Municipal Court
  • Federal Way Municipal Court
  • Des Moines Municipal Court
  • Issaquah Municipal Court
  • Kirkland Municipal Court
  • Mercer Island Municipal Court
  • Renton Municipal Court
  • Seatac Municipal Court
  • Seattle Municipal Court
  • Tukwila Municipal Court
  • Edmonds Municipal Court
  • Everett Municipal Court
  • Lynnwood Municipal Court
  • Marysville Municipal Court
  • Monroe Municipal Court
  • Skagit County District Court
  • Island County District Court
  • Whatcom County District Court
  • King County District Court - Burien - Shoreline - Issaquah - Bellevue - Renton
  • Snohomish County District Court - South - Everett - Cascade - Evergreen

Our Fees

We charge a flat fee for traffic tickets ($295) and offer student and military discounts.

Additional infractions on the same citation are $50.  Our fee for Negligent Driving in the 2nd Degree is $435.

Payment Methods

We accept Cash, MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Discover, and PayPal.

Please contact us prior to making payment to confirm we have all of the information we need to defend you. 
Making payment alone does not establish the attorney client relationship or guarantee we will take your case.

Payment Methods

We accept Cash, MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Discover, and PayPal.

Please contact us prior to making payment to confirm we have all of the information we need to defend you. 
Making payment alone does not establish the attorney client relationship or guarantee we will take your case.

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