Ly H. Tran, PLLC is a boutique law firm located in Seattle, WA. Ly H. Tran, PLLC, has been operating independently since 2015 to provide clients throughout the state with the highest level of client service.
Provide experienced legal representation throughout the state of Washington. Our focus is traffic defense cases, DUI Infractions, & Car Accidents or personal injury cases.
Ly H. Tran provides excellent legal advise for those who experience criminal or civil traffic offenses, personal injuries cases and dui defense cases. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Our office will work to defend you in relation to all types of Washington traffic infractions. We guarantee your citation will be dismissed or amended to a non-moving violation or the service is free.
Driving under the influence is a very serious matter. At the Law Office of Ly H. Tran, we defend drunk driving charges in Municipal, District and Superior Courts in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties.
If you choose to mitigate your ticket you are agreeing that you committed the infraction. The committed infraction WILL APPEAR ON YOUR RECORD. However, by mitigating the infraction the judge or commissioner MAY agree to reduce your fine. When deciding whether to reduce your fine, the judge will look at your traffic record and the circumstances of this incident. Some infractions such as school zone or construction zone tickets may not be mitigated. This means the judge is not allowed to reduce your fine if he or she believes you committed the infraction.
The opportunity for a deferral was created by the legislature and is outlined in RCW 46.63.070. One deferral is allowed every seven years for a non-moving violation and one deferral is allowed every seven years for a moving violation. Please note that this statute allows a judge to grant you a deferral but does not require a judge to grant a deferral. Judges are allowed to follow their own criteria in offering a deferred finding.
A judge or commissioner MAY allow you to keep the infraction off your traffic record that gets reported to insurers and employers IF: 1) you have a traffic record that the judge feels is deserving of this option (some judges will allow anyone to get a deferral, some judges require that you have NEVER had a traffic infraction – most judges are somewhere in the middle); 2) you pay a fee (generally $150 to $250) to the court to monitor your record; 3) you do not commit another infraction for a set period (usually six months to one year) and 4) you are not a commercial driver. Some judges will also require traffic school.
If you comply with the judge’s conditions of deferral, the traffic infraction will not appear on your record. However, if you get a second infraction within the time period specified, or fail to make your payment, the first infraction will appear on your record and you will have to pay the full fine for the first infraction as well. As stated previously, a person is entitled to only one deferral every seven years. The tricky thing about a deferral is that unless you have a completely clean record, you do not know when entering the courtroom if a judge will grant one to you. In addition, there are a few judges who refuse to grant a deferral to anyone. Our firm can help, in that we are familiar with area judges and their policies regarding deferral.
This is an option that is currently available in many courts. You describe the reasons you feel the infraction should be dismissed in a letter to the court. The judge will read the letter and the officer’s report and make a decision as to whether you have committed the infraction. We recommend against this option. The judge will be evaluating reports about the incident written by a trained officer of the law and you. If you have a strong factual case, it is generally made stronger by your appearance in court. In addition, you do not have the same appeal rights when you do a contested hearing by mail.
By requesting a contested hearing you are using your constitutional right to have the plaintiff (The State, County, or City) prove their case against you (the defendant).
This is similar to the trial process you may see on television. In many courts, a prosecutor will be at the contested hearing to present the case against you.
Generally the parties will be given an opportunity to make legal motions prior to the beginning of the case. Sometimes these motions relate to jurisdictional or evidentiary issues. For example, the defendant may make motions to dismiss the case based on jurisdictional or procedural errors. If the judge grants the defense motions the case would be dismissed. If not, the plaintiff will present a case against you, either by affidavit of the officer or through witness testimony. The defendant will be given an opportunity to cross-examine the witnesses and at the end of the plaintiff’s case may make a motion to dismiss. If the judge does not grant the motion to dismiss the defendant is then allowed to present their case through witness testimony. Both sides are allowed to make a closing argument. The judge will then rule on the evidence and make a decision.
Under Washington State law, traffic infractions have been decriminalized. Therefore the burden of proof in traffic infraction cases is by a preponderance of the evidence (some use the term “more likely than not”) rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt”. In any case, the plaintiff is required to prove their case against you. You are not required to prove you have not committed the infraction unless and until the state proves by a preponderance of evidence that you have committed the infraction.
We always recommend that you obtain legal counsel if you are planning to fight your infraction at a contested hearing. Knowing the traffic laws, rules of evidence and rules of procedure greatly enhances your opportunity to protect your traffic record. In addition as many jurisdictions have prosecutors who prepare and present the case against you it only seems logical to have an attorney on your side. An experienced traffic attorney will understand your case, the rule of law, and be knowledgeable about the court you are appearing in.
If you have an experienced traffic attorney you increase your chances to protect your record. The Law Office of Ly H. Tran will work to protect your record by attempting to have your ticket dismissed or found not committed. If it is not possible to obtain a dismissal or a finding of not committed we will attempt to negotiate with the prosecutor to protect your traffic record and your insurance rates.
If you are pulled over by a law enforcement official, always be polite and respectful. Do not make any admissions. We talk to folks every day who tell us the officer’s first question is “Do you know why I pulled you over?” Many people respond with “Speeding?” or “Because the light turned red?”. The best response is “No officer” because you really do not know why they pulled you over until they tell you. In addition, this cannot be interpreted as an admission. You may politely ask why you were pulled over, but don't expect to see the actual radar readout if the violation was speeding. Unlike what you read on some sites, it is not a requirement of Washington law that they show you the radar. In addition, you are not required to sign the citation.
If you are pulled over, never give a statement to the police without first contacting an attorney. You do have a duty to 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.
The Law Office of Ly H. Tran works to successfully defend our clients facing speeding charges and other traffic infractions in Washington. Contact us immediately if you or someone you know has been charged with a traffic violation. You need the support of a legal professional that is experienced with Washington traffic laws, procedures, and rules of evidence.
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The most important thing to do with a Camera ticket is to respond to it. The good news is that RCW 46.63.170 (2) provides “Infractions detected through the use of automated traffic safety cameras are not part of the registered owner's driving record under RCW. In addition, if you are the owner of the car, which was ticketed but were not driving, you can have the ticket dismissed by providing that information to the court.
If you were driving but do not believe you committed the infraction, review the tape online prior to the hearing. If the tape supports your case, request a dismissal. If not, request mitigation to have the fine reduced. Be prepared to explain why this happened and why the Judge should reduce the fine.
If you don’t respond to a camera ticket your license may be suspended. Make sure you carefully read the back of the ticket. It gives you very important information on how to appropriately respond. Because these infractions are treated like parking tickets on your record our office does not accept camera ticket cases. However, if you have any questions about the process, please feel free to call.
This is my new go-to for speeding infractions! I've had several tickets in the last few years and have always had mixed results with the law firms I've used prior to Ly Tran. Never have I ever had the infraction completely dismissed.
Ly was super easy to work with and his quote was way more reasonable than other firms I've worked with. Will most definitely use again!! Thanks!
I received a ticket for an unsafe lane change that was legitimately not my fault while driving through Seattle. I was worried about finding a good lawyer in Seattle since I don't live there and would have to find one online. Ly was awesome from start to finish. He is very easy to get ahold of either by phone, text, or email. He answered all my questions and was very patient with me. It was very easy to make payment through PayPal. He contacted me immediately after my hearing to let me know the results. He was able to get my ticket dropped. Ly ultimately saved me way more money than I spent on his fee. Very professional and well worth the money!
We were struggled with my case because my previous lawyer wasn't very responsive. I was about to give up since there is no direction provided. Recommended by a friend, we had no hope but Ly made it happened. He is very professional and responsive. He answered all the questions we had promptly and guided us through the whole situation smoothly.
I highly recommend Ly. He made the process super easy for me - everything was done through phone calls and texts. He also checked in with me constantly to give me updates. He took care of everything all the way through and got the speeding ticket off my record!!
Prompt, efficient, and got the job done. What more can I say??