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Seat Belt Violations Lawyer in Renton, Washington

Understanding Seat Belt Violations

Seat belt violations are common traffic infractions in Washington State. The law requires all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts properly while the vehicle is in operation. Violations can occur when:

  • A driver or passenger is not wearing a seat belt

  • A seat belt is not worn properly (e.g., under the arm instead of over the shoulder)

  • Children are not properly secured in appropriate car seats or booster seats

Consequences of Seat Belt Violations

Legal Penalties

  • Fine of $124 for each violation (as of 2024, subject to change)

  • No points on your driving record (Washington does not use a point system)

Additional Consequences

  • Potential increase in insurance premiums

  • Compromised safety in the event of an accident

  • For repeat offenders, increased scrutiny from law enforcement

Why You Need an Experienced Attorney

While seat belt violations may seem minor, they can still impact your driving record and insurance rates. At Duncan Law PLLC, we can:

  1. Review the circumstances of your citation

  2. Identify potential defenses or mitigating factors

  3. Represent you in traffic court if necessary

  4. Work to reduce or dismiss fines

Our Approach to Seat Belt Violation Defense

1. Comprehensive Case Review

We examine all aspects of your case, including:

  • The officer's report

  • Any available evidence

  • Your driving history

2. Developing an Effective Defense Strategy

Possible strategies may include:

  • Challenging the officer's observations

  • Demonstrating medical exemptions, if applicable

  • Proving the citation was issued in error

3. Negotiation with Prosecutors

We'll work to:

  • Reduce the fine amount

  • Explore options for deferral or dismissal

  • Negotiate for a non-moving violation instead of a seat belt violation

4. Court Representation

If necessary, we'll represent you in traffic court, presenting a strong case on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is a seat belt violation a moving violation in Washington State?

A: No, seat belt violations are not considered moving violations in Washington.

Q: Can I get a seat belt ticket dismissed?

A: In some cases, yes. We may be able to have the ticket dismissed or deferred, especially for first-time offenders or if there were extenuating circumstances.

Q: Do seat belt violations affect insurance rates?

A: While not a moving violation, some insurance companies may still increase rates for seat belt violations. We work to minimize this risk.

Q: Are there any exemptions to the seat belt law in Washington?

A: Yes, there are limited exemptions, including certain medical conditions and specific types of vehicles. We can help determine if any exemptions apply to your case.

Q: Can I be pulled over just for not wearing a seat belt?

A: Yes, in Washington State, not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense, meaning an officer can pull you over solely for this reason.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC for Your Seat Belt Violation Defense?

  • Extensive knowledge of Washington State traffic laws

  • Proven track record in handling traffic infractions

  • Personalized approach to each case

  • Strong negotiation skills to pursue the best possible outcome

  • Commitment to clear communication throughout the process

Steps to Take If Cited for a Seat Belt Violation

  1. Always wear your seat belt to prevent future citations

  2. Do not admit fault if stopped by law enforcement

  3. Document the circumstances of the stop if you believe the citation was issued in error

  4. Contact Duncan Law PLLC promptly for legal advice

Contact Us for a Consultation

Don't let a seat belt violation unnecessarily impact your driving record or insurance rates. Contact Duncan Law PLLC today to discuss your options and explore potential defenses.

Phone: 206-237-7714

We're here to help you navigate this situation and work towards the best possible outcome. Our experienced team will provide the guidance and representation you need to address your seat belt violation effectively and efficiently.

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