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Traffic Tickets and Traffic Violations

Most of us have the unfortunate experience to see the flashing lights in our mirror as we are pulled over by a police officer for allegedly violating the traffic code. If you drive a vehicle, you are likely to receive a traffic ticket at some point for traffic violations such as speeding, failing to stop, failure to use a turn signal, talking on a cell phone, or even negligent driving.

Tickets will raise your insurance rates at renewal time and could even cause an insurance policy cancellation if too many appear on your record. The premium you pay for insurance is based on multiple variables and by far the most important variable is your driving record. Any conviction, even for minor infractions, can show up on your driving record. Once your insurance company raises your rates, they can stay elevated for 3-5 (sometimes 7!) years. Over this time, you may literally pay thousands in additional premiums. By keeping traffic tickets off your record, you will keep the premiums you pay low. This is a simple decision based on plain economics.

It is important to always challenge these traffic violations and not try to simply mitigate them or contest them yourself. Because a “Contested Hearing” is a civil hearing, you do not need to appear in court, as I can appear and resolve your matter without you. Most of my clients prefer not to take time off to appear and allow me to resolve their matter without them being present.

When you are issued a traffic ticket by a police officer for speeding, red light violation, running a stop sign, having an expired license or any number of traffic violations, you need to check the “Contested Hearing” box on your ticket and mail it into the court within 15 days. The court will then set a “Contested Hearing” for your case.

A “Contested Hearing” is a traffic hearing that I appear in court on your behalf and challenge your ticket with the goal of keeping it off your driving record. The high majority of the time, I am successful at resolving your matter and keeping your driving record clean.

My high dismissal rate of traffic tickets means the odds are greatly in your favor of protecting your record and keeping your insurance rates low. As an experienced traffic ticket attorney, my client’s tickets are often are dismissed. However, even if your traffic ticket is not dismissed, I can usually negotiate a reduction to a non-moving violation so the ticket will not appear on your record and increase your insurance rates.

At the Law Office of Andrew C. Huff, I represent motorists on many types of traffic tickets and violations. Traffic violations I frequently handle are:

  • Speeding
  • Cell Phone/Texting
  • Red Light
  • Following too Close
  • Speeding in a School Zone
  • Stop Sign
  • Failure to Yield
  • Disobey Traffic Control Device
  • No Insurance
  • Negligent Driving HOV/Carpool Lane
  • CDL – Commercial Drivers
  • Too Fast for Conditions

My parents both worked in the insurance industry and I know firsthand the impact traffic tickets can have on people. I fight hard every time to get my clients the results they expect and secure the best possible resolution to the type of challenge they are facing.

What do I do if I get a ticket?

  1. Make a copy of the front of the ticket.
  2. Check “Contested Hearing” on the original ticket and mail it into the court within 15 days from issuance.
  3. Provide me a copy of the front of your ticket along with your contact information.

Any time you are pulled over: by a police officer, you should provide the officer with your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Always be courteous but do not admit to speeding. And finally, do not argue with the officer.

To schedule a free initial consultation with me, call 206-729-3477 or contact me at

Frequently Asked Traffic Infraction Questions

Q: I just received a traffic ticket. Now what?
A: On your ticket, check the “Contested Hearing” box on your ticket and mail it back to the court within 15 days. If you can, please make a copy of the front of the ticket and mail it along with the Infraction Fee Agreement to my office. Payment may be made by enclosing a check or calling using a credit card over the phone.

Q: Once I have completed the above steps, do I need to do anything else?
A: No. I will handle all aspects of your case, including scheduling your hearing, preparing your defense, attending your hearing and notifying you of the outcome.

Q: What are my chances of keeping the ticket off my record?
A: The high majority of the time, I am able to keep the cited ticket off your record. This can be done several different ways. First, I always try to find a way to get the ticket dismissed. Second, if a judge or prosecutor won’t dismiss your ticket, then I can usually have it amended to a “non-moving” infraction, which is normally not reported to insurance companies and therefore won’t affect your rates.

Q: Is there anything else I can do to help my case?
A: Write down anything you think may be important about your case and include any photos you think would help. This could come in handy when I am in court fighting your ticket.

Q: What happens if I just pay the ticket?
A: When you pay the fine on the ticket, you admit to committing the infraction and it is then reported to the Department of Licensing. The infraction then goes on your driving record, which leads to higher insurance rates.

Q: How long will a ticket stay on my record if it is found to be committed?
A: A “committed” ticket (infraction) will remain on your record for five years and on your insurance driver’s abstract for three years.

Q: What happens to me if I have tickets on my record?
A: Tickets on your record lead to increased insurance rates, potential suspension of your driver’s license, and even loss of employment. Anyone with or interested in obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) could also be affected. For drivers under the age of 18, the Department of Licensing will suspend an Intermediate License if the holder commits 2 traffic infractions before the age of 18.

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Fight Traffic Tickets with Knowledge and Experience

What You Must Do: When you are cited for an infraction, check the box on the back of the ticket that reads, “Contested Hearing” and mail it back to the court within fifteen days. Then call my office at (206) 729-3477… and let me do the rest.

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