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Following a finding of committed to a moving traffic violation your insurance is probably going to increase.  Depending on your record this increase could be only a few hundred dollars a year to much more.  These are the hidden costs of a speeding ticket or other traffic ticket and are often not realized at the time of issuance.  If you have another traffic ticket on your record within a three year period the increase in insurance may make insurance too expensive and would impact other areas of your life.  Avoiding these types of negative consequences is not out of reach, especially if you have the right attorney on your side helping you to do so.  With the successful litigation of literally thousands of tickets the Whatcom County traffic lawyers at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly will do everything they can to get your traffic ticket dismissed.

​Regardless of the ticket you have received, there is no denying the fact that legal assistance can help.  In the State of Washington, a ticket for operating without insurance or driving without a license or any other type of moving violation will be addressed before the local Judge.  In either scenario, you stand the greatest chance of relief when you a qualified attorney by your side.  We understand that you have many choices but there is a very good reason why you should consider the traffic ticket attorneys at the Law Firm of David N. Jolly.  Few traffic ticket attorneys in Whatcom County have the knowledge and experience as David N. Jolly. Your best chance at having your speeding ticket dismissed is with our Whatcom County traffic ticket lawyers.

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The experienced team of Bellingham traffic ticket lawyers are committed to providing all of our clients with the knowledgeable counsel and hard-hitting defense needed to successfully defend moving violations. No matter what the circumstances of your case may be, a ticket issued to you for speeding, fail to stop for a sign or signal, reckless driving, or anything else could prove to be problematic. In Washington State, a speeding ticket could add as several points to your driving record and a multitude of tickets may even suspend your license for 30 days.  Moreover, if you lose your license you’ll then need SR 22 Insurance for the next three years.  Even non-speeding tickets can accumulate points on your driving record – ones you don't want!  Please don’t take these tickets lightly because we can help and ultimately, save your record and save you money.  Even if we cannot get your Whatcom County traffic ticket dismissed, we can attempt to have the ticket amended to a non-moving violation that will not increase your insurance. In Washington State a traffic ticket can have severe consequences that exceed just a simple nuisance or fine.  If your livelihood is based on driving a taxi or truck, receiving too many tickets is cause for serious concern as the impact may be more than the dollar amount on the face of the ticket.  Additionally, the Washington State Department of Licensing will add the points to your driving record which could impact your ability to drive.  If you have a commercial driver’s license, two serious traffic violations (including simple tickets) may suspend your ability to drive a commercial vehicle for 60 days.

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YES!  This is one to choose as it keeps every option open. In a contested hearing you do not admit you committed the violation and you turn the burden back to the Prosecutor to prove the City or State's case. The burden is called a "preponderance of the evidence." If the City/State meets its burden, after presenting evidence against the defendant, then the Judge will find the infraction has committed.  With such a finding the defendant will be required to pay the entire amount in full - and of course, the ticket will become a permanent fixture of their driving record.  However, if the defendant prevails and the City/State fails to meet their burden, the ticket is dismissed.

Contested Hearings in Whatcom County offer up another alternative - negotiation! The art of negotiation is rarely taught in law schools and is often honed after many years in the trenches in municipal and district courts. Reputation of the lawyer also may help (or in some cases, hinder) the art of negotiating a case. Regardless, if you hire a local Bellingham traffic ticket attorney and contest your hearing, your lawyer should be able to negotiate your moving violation (for example, a speeding ticket), to a non-moving violation (such as a parking ticket). Such a reduction will completely save your insurance and the effect on your driving history is none. Further, this reduction and insurance saving move, also keeps open the fourth option for another time, the deferred finding.

1. Check the CONTESTED HEARING box on the ticket

2. Submit the ticket to the designated court within 15 days

3. Prepare for Court and hire a traffic attorney

NO!  A mitigation hearing is when you say, effectively, "Yes I did everything the officer says - I did it - now punish me, just a tiny bit less." You may save a few dollars ($20 or $30?), but your insurance will be affected just as much. We don't fight tickets to save a few dollars in court, we fight tickets to save thousands of dollars in insurance premiums.

If you have been stopped and cited for speeding ticket or any infraction in Washington State you undoubtedly have many questions.  The first probably is, “can I get the ticket dismissed?”  To get your ticket dismissed you must contest the ticket and hire an experienced traffic ticket attorney.  On the other hand if you decide the pay the ticket you will pay the full face value of the ticket and then your insurance company will increase your insurance.  The increase in insurance could be monumental, particularly if this is not your first moving violation.  If you contest your ticket and either have it dismissed or amended to a non-moving violation, your insurance will not be impacting therefore saving you many hundreds of dollars.  It pays to try and have your ticket dismissed.

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It might be argued by some that the only consequence of a traffic ticket is the payment of a fine.  However, this is simply not true.  You cannot afford to take chances in the face of any type of traffic violation; it is best to consult with an attorney who can advise you of your rights and what you may be up against. With our extensive experience in handling traffic cases and DOL matters, as well as criminal defense, we are prepared to offer you the information you need to make the right choice about fighting your ticket versus simply paying the fine.

Don’t take any chances with your driving record, your freedom, or your future. Contact us to find out exactly what options you have and what measures can be taken to get your ticket dismissed or reduced. We want to be with you every step of the way, working on your behalf to ensure that the matter is handled with your best interests in mind. For more information about how you can fight your ticket with one of our experienced traffic lawyers, call our offices today. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss and evaluate your situation and determine how we can assist you in the best way possible. We have the experience, the knowledge and the service you need and deserve.  Our fees start at $250 for a traffic ticket, so we are affordable too!  Call us today so we can work at getting your ticket dismissed in Bellingham, Whatcom County.


If you have been cited with a traffic ticket in Whatcom County contact the Law Firm of David N. Jolly immediately.  The traffic ticket lawyers can provide you with aggressive traffic and speeding ticket defense.  Whether your ticket is for speeding, running a red light, following too closely or even more serious traffic violations, we are dedicated to working hard to get your ticket dismissed.


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MAYBE!  A deferred finding is not the worst of results, but only as a last resort. To begin, there are a few rules, which are: You must be at least 18 years of age, do not have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), and have not had a traffic infraction deferred within the past 7 years.  I might add, certain infractions do not qualify for a deferred finding (such as Negligent Driving Second Degree). In Bellingham Municipal Court you must complete one year of "probation" without receiving another traffic infraction in order to benefit from this agreement. If you qualify and behave yourself, after this one year period the traffic ticket will be dismissed - but only after you pay the amount indicated

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NO!  Of course, this is a ridiculous choice. You're paying the Government everything they are asking and telling your insurance company to increase your insurance.  Do not do this!

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You have four (4) choices after you have received a traffic citation from the friendly Bellingham Police Officer or Washington State Patrol Trooper, and here are those choices:


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Are radar detectors legal?  And, if so, do they work? The answer to the first question, are radar detectors legal, is yes.  In Washington State it is LEGAL to use and operate a radar detector - although this is not the case in all States and Provinces. However, according to Washington State Patrol Trooper Ian McDonald, the use of a radar detector in a commercial motor vehicle or on a military base is ILLEGAL. The second part of the two part question is, do radar detectors work - well, yes. However, not all speed measuring devices used by law enforcement use radar. Some, for instance, use laser (lidar). The detector must, therefore, be able to detect radar and laser. Therefore obtaining a device that detects both is advisable.



  • Fight your traffic ticket in Whatcom County without ever going to Court!
  • We have more than 60 years of combined legal experience
  • David Jolly is the author of the Traffic Ticket Handbook
  • More than 10,000 traffic tickets fought over the years
  • Submit your ticket to the proper court within 15 days 
  • Check the "Contested Hearing" box
  • Call our Bellingham based traffic ticket law firm for a free consultation
  • We charge $250 fees for most traffic tickets
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