Seattle Car Insurance Rates

August 4th, 2016 No comments

A recent Seattle area study found that having traffic tickets on your driving record significantly increases your auto insurance rates. Especially for younger drivers (16 to 24) . Quote Wizard, an insurance comparison website, commissioned a just released study to obtain a snapshot of Seattle’s car insurance market. The study surveyed 500 Seattle based drivers.

The average monthly insurance costs for drivers with tickets on their driving record was $156 a month verses only $134 a month for drivers without tickets. That’s a $22.00 a month difference. Since auto insurance companies typically base their rates on the last 3 years of the driving record, which means an average extra cost of $792.00 for drivers with tickets.  

So it pays to fight a traffic ticket, especially if you’re under 25. Especially since the typical attorney fee is only $250 – $350.

Contact Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for more information. He has over 33 years experience defending traffic tickets in Snohomish and King County.

Traffic Lawyers, Lynnwood, WA

Traffic Lawyers, Lynnwood, WA

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Work Crew as Alternative to Jail / Fines in King County

July 27th, 2016 No comments

There is an alternative to serving jail time and paying off fines / financial obligations imposed by King County District Court judges. Instead, convicted persons can do work crew if authorized by the sentencing judge. Work crew is administered through the King County Community Work Program (CWP). Each work crew day consists of working outside on King County roadways and parks for 8 hours (minus breaks) which is credited towards either 1 full day of jail time or $150.00 of court fines / financial obligations.  Work crew can be performed on Saturdays for those working full time jobs Monday through Friday. Those not working full time jobs are required to work 4 days a week until their jail sentence / financial obligations are satisfied. This is a much better alternative than spending time in jail or having to come up with thousands of dollars for fines. 

Call Lynnwood / Shoreline DUI and criminal defense attorney Paul Hanson for more information on the  work crew alternative in King County.  

Call (425) 778-7339

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Lynnwood Traffic Camera Tickets

June 28th, 2016 No comments

The City of Lynnwood pioneered the use of red light intersection and school zone speeding traffic cameras about 10 years ago. So far its one of the very few cities in Snohomish County to use them.

Red light cameras operate in several major Lynnwood intersections. School zone speeding cameras operate during the school day. The Lynnwood Police Department claims these cameras have reduced intersection collisions and school zone pedestrian injuries. But they admit that they have no hard data to support this claim.

If ticketed through a traffic camera, the car owner (not the car driver) receives a ticket in the mail several weeks later. The penalty is currently $134.00. The ticketed car owner can review the camera video before deciding whether to fight or pay it. However, traffic camera tickets do not go on the car owner’s Washington driving record so auto insurance rates are not affected.

For more information, call Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket lawyer Paul Hanson. And whenever you (or someone you know) want to fight any traffic ticket issued in Snohomish and King Counties. Attorney Paul Hanson has over 33 years experience in traffic ticket clients. Just call (425) 778-7339 for a free first consultation (office visit or phone call).

Drivers Beware: Cops now go undercover to catch distracted drivers in Washington State

June 23rd, 2016 No comments

The person standing on the street corner, wearing regular clothing, might just cost you a $136 ticket. Local law enforcement are now going undercover to catch drivers talking on their cell phones. The undercover officer is in plain clothes, and after spotting you talking on your phone while driving, will radio to the patrol car to pull you over and ticket you. Deputies say they can ticket up to 50 drivers an hour this way.

From 2014 to 2015 there was a 30% increase in deaths from distracted driving. That accounts for about 40 more people killed in that time. Deputies hope this emphasis patrol will cause people to change their driving behavior and save lives.

The sheriff’s office has produced a video showing how easy it is for them to find and ticket distracted drivers.


Call Lynnwood / Shoreline traffic ticket Attorney Paul Hanson at (425) 778-7339 for more information on distracted driving tickets.

2016 Law Day in Snohomish County District Court (South Division)

June 9th, 2016 No comments

Attorney Paul Hanson was pleased to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Judges at the Snohomish County District Court (South Division) in Lynnwood, WA for his volunteer attorney services at the court’s annual LAW DAY events.

Attorney Hanson organized LAW DAY student run mock criminal trials for over 875 fifth graders from the local Edmonds School District elementary schools. This was his 30th year of performing this LAW DAY volunteer service. He enjoys it as much as the 5th graders!

Law Day 2016

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New 2016 Criminal Laws – Felony Drunk Driving in Washington State

May 26th, 2016 No comments

Felony Drunk Driving (where someone is killed or seriously injured) is changed from a class C felony to a class B felony under House Bill HB2280, effective June 9, 2016. Felony drunk driving now carries a longer prison sentence and a higher fine. Contact Lynnwood / Shoreline DUI attorney Paul Hanson for more details.


Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

Lynnwood DUI Lawyer

New 2016 Criminal Laws – Certificate of Restoration Opportunity created

May 19th, 2016 No comments

House Bill 2ESHB 1153, effective June 9, 2016 created a Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity (CROP) which certifies that a person convicted of a felony has been rehabilitated. It will open the door to obtaining Washington professional licensees required for jobs in teaching, financial services, and health care which are currently closed to those with felony records. No state, county of city licensing agency may now deny professional licenses to CROP applicants solely because of their criminal history. However, exceptions exist for law enforcement, law practice, and working with children, vulnerable adults and the mentally ill. Contact Lynnwood / Shoreline criminal defense attorney Paul Hanson for more details.

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Lynnwood Criminal Defense Attorney

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Traffic Questions answered by WSP Trooper

February 29th, 2016 No comments

Click here to go to my facebook page, and check out King 5’s Q&A with WSP Trooper Heather Axtman regarding traffic law. Trooper Axtman answers everything from school zone laws, to carpool violations to slow drivers in the fast lane (that is a $136 ticket FYI). Check out the video, then call Lynnwood / Shoreline Traffic Lawyer Paul G. Hanson.


Lynnwood / Shoreline Traffic Attorney

Lynnwood / Shoreline Traffic Attorney


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New Texting While Driving Traffic Offense

February 17th, 2016 No comments

House Bill 2574 has been recently introduced in the 2016 Legislative session which would greatly restrict the current texting while driving offense. The proposed bill would bar any use of a mobile phone for data receipt or entry, even while stopped at stop signs or intersections. Only drivers  who pull completely off the roadway and stop would be exempt. Also exempt would be drivers over 18 using a hands free device and GPS devices.

Traffic Lawyers, Lynnwood, WA

Traffic Lawyers, Lynnwood, WA

Call Lynnwood traffic ticket attorney Paul Hanson for more information. (425) 778-7339 

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Traffic Ticket Deadline

February 1st, 2016 No comments

Many drivers receiving traffic tickets are unaware that there is a strict 15 day deadline to deliver their filled out ticket copy to the listed court, with either the full penalty $ payment included or their request to contest their ticket. Failure to do so within the 15 day deadline will result in the court referring their ticket to a collection agency within 15 days. And notifying the Washington State Department of Licensing, who in turn will suspend the driver’s license until the ticket is paid. Many drivers find this out the hard way when stopped months later for a minor traffic violation. The police officer suddenly informs them that they cannot just drive away because their license is suspended for an unpaid ticket.

Lynnwood Traffic Tickets

Lynnwood Traffic Tickets

Call Lynnwood traffic ticket attorney Paul Hanson for more information.

Tel. (425) 778-7339