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The Law Offices of Jason S. Newcombe

What should I do if I am pulled over?


The first rule of thumb is to always be polite.  If you are rude or condescending, things will invariably only get worse.  The second rule is to never make any admissions regarding your driving.  Never admit that you were speeding or committed any traffic violation.  Never admit that you were in a hurry or late for work.  Any admissions that you will make will likely end up in the officer's written report and will be used against you at a future contested hearing.  When in doubt playing dumb is always your best bet.

As a practical matter, you are required to provide law enforcement officers with your license, your registration and your proof of liability insurance.  You should also politely identify yourself.  Beyond that, however, it is best to say as little as possible.  Remember, the officer who stopped you is not your friend.  To the extent that he seems friendly and sincere, he is only trying to get you to make admissions against your own interest.  He's not there to help you.  He doesn't care about you.  He's there to pinch you.  And, as a general rule, the more you open up to him the harder he can pinch you.

In recent years, all Washington State law enforcement agencies are placing a greater emphasis on speeding and traffic ticket enforcement.  You will not find anyone associated with law enforcement admitting it.  The simple truth, however, is that in one form or another it appears clear that all Washington State troopers, county sheriffs and city police officers are evaluated based on the number moving violations that they write in any given year.

If you have been pulled over here in Washington State, it is important to know our rights.  Many people believe that they must cooperate with the police and answer any questions that are asked of them. This is absolutely not the case.  Even during a routine traffic stop, you have the right to remain silent.  Many people also believe that they are required to do whatever an officer requests after they have been stopped.  Again, this is absolutely not the case.

For the most part, it has become virtually impossible to talk your way out of a ticket.  All law enforcement agencies are under increasing pressure to write more tickets and generate more revenue.  In general, any inquiry by the officer who stopped you is not designed to do anything except attempt to gather incriminating evidence against you.  He or she doesn't care about you, your life, or any legitimate reason for why you might have been driving in the manner in which you were doing so.

The officer is first attempting to determine whether or not he can arrest you for a criminal violation.  Once it becomes clear that he or she cannot do so, the overwhelming statistical probabilities are that you are going to be issued a citation.  The only thing that can happen by you opening your mouth is that you will be issued additional violations and incriminate yourself further.

If you are pulled over, detained or arrested, here are the SEVEN RULES OF THE ROAD:
1. Do provide law enforcement officers with your license, registration, and proof of insurance, and politely identify yourself.
2. If you have any reason to believe that this is more than a routine traffic stop, do tell the officer that you want an attorney.
3. Do not answer any questions.  It is in your interest to remain silent.
4. Do not consent to a search of your person or your car.
5. Do not become confrontational or combative.  The more aggressive you become the worse things will get.
6. Never admit to anything, especially that you were actually speeding, in a hurry, or late for something.
7. If the officer asks you to step out of the car, tell him immediately that you want to speak with a lawyer.

Whether you are trying to get from Bellevue to Seattle or from Shoreline to Federal Way, it has become virtually impossible to travel on Washington State's roadways without encountering multiple traffic jams along the way.  With these kinds of conditions, we understand that people often do whatever they have to do in order to get from point A to point B.  Our experienced Washington State speeding and traffic ticket attorneys have experience in nearly every court in Western Washington from Bellingham to Kelso. 

Whether you have been issued a speeding ticket in Shoreline or Federal Way, a school zone violation in Everett or Tacoma, or a negligent driving ticket in Bellevue or Bothell, our lawyers can help.

The lawyers who will fight your ticket are experienced Washington State speeding ticket attorneys.  We handle hundreds of Washington State speeding and traffic tickets every year.  Put our resources and experience to work for you.  Our trial attorneys know the state's traffic laws and the courts of Western Washington.  From our offices Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma, we handle all Washington State Speeding Tickets. In addition to handling all WA State Speeding Infractions, we also handle any matter involving a Seat Belt Infraction, a High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Infraction (HOV/Carpool Infraction), or a School Zone Infraction.

We also handle all Washington State matters involving allegations of Negligent Driving Second Degree (2nd), Running a Red Light, and Making an Improper Turn. We also handle all WA State Moving Violations involving an allegation of Failure to Yield, Improper Lane Change, Following Too Closely, Failure to Maintain Lane of Travel, and all Traffic Accident cases.

We handle both District Court and Municipal Court Matters.  We serve nearly all Western Washington cities including, but not limited to Seattle, Shoreline, Everett, Federal Way, Bellevue and Bothell.