Call 206-219-5557 To Discuss Your Options
Whether you were driving for work or for personal reasons at the time, a traffic ticket or criminal traffic offense can have a huge impact on your CDL. When it does, your livelihood is at risk. It’s important to do everything possible to protect it.
You need attorney Scott Leist if you have received a CDL traffic ticket in Washington. Scott Leist is a former Seattle police officer and prosecutor, as well as an experienced defense attorney. He has extensive experience handling complex CDL issues for drivers. He is on your side.
Strong Representation From A Former Police Officer And Prosecutor
At Washington Traffic Defense, we provide zealous representation to protect your CDL and driving privileges. We know what’s at stake, and we have the experience required to protect you.
Some of the CDL issues we handle involve:
- Log book violation for interstate trucking
- Washington CDL DWI
- School bus driver’s traffic ticket
- Taxi cab driver stop sign defense
- UPS driver speeding ticket citation
- Refusing to take a chemical test
When You Have A CDL, It’s Not An Ordinary Traffic Ticket
A “traffic ticket” issued by a Washington State Police Trooper to a Commercial Driver’s License Operator is NOT an ordinary traffic ticket. It is called a Washington Department of Public Safety, Office of State Police, Motor Carrier Unit, “Notice of Violation” and has an entirely different process than a traffic ticket from a County Sheriff’s Deputy or City or Town Police Officer.
Briefly, this is how the process works: A truck driver or other commercial vehicle operator is pulled over by a State Police Trooper and issued a “Driver/Vehicle Examination Report” wherein a violation is alleged, whether it be for speeding, weight overload or log book violation, for example.
One to four weeks from the date of the traffic stop on the roadside, the driver will receive in the U.S. Mail, at the address that appears on the driver’s license, a letter from the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections, Washington State Police, Motor Carrier Unit entitled: “NOTICE OF VIOLATION” detailing the violation alleged during the traffic stop.
There is quite a bit of confusing small print language on the Notice of Violation paperwork, but it is all important information. The most important point is that the defendant must take action regarding the Notice of Violation; 45 days for speeding and log book violations, 60 days for overweight limit violations. Within those time periods the fine must be paid in full, or a request for an Administrative Hearing must be sent to the Office of State Police, Motor Carrier Unit.
After our Seattle law firm has been retained, we timely Request the Administrative Hearing, then Schedule the Administrative Hearing Date on the Docket, and appear on behalf of the driver at the Administrative Hearing to defend the rights of my clients. Clients are not required to appear in person at the Administrative Hearing when Scott Leist is their legal representative.
Understand Your Rights. Protect Your Future. Take Action.
Do you know the best way to protect your commercial driver’s license? We can help you understand your rights to fight the violation and start taking action right away. At Leist Law Office, PS, we take pride in the legal representation we provide to CDL drivers throughout Washington. We can help you contest your Notice of Violation and work to get you the best possible outcome.
We represent drivers who have received violations in Washington. For a free case review, call 206-219-5557 or send us an email to get a lawyer’s help.