Barbara A. Bowden

Tacoma, WA DUI Attorney

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Traffic Offenses

Here’s the thing about traffic offenses: they never happen at a convenient time.

They are unplanned, unexpected, and unfortunate, but some are quite serious and can affect your family, livelihood, and finances.

This is why at The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden we focus solely on protecting the rights of individuals when they have been charged with traffic offenses, both criminal and civil.  We work with people charged with criminal traffic offenses throughout Western Washington. We also handle Civil Traffic Infractions throughout Kitsap, Pierce, King, and Thurston Counties.

Some of the types of criminal and civil cases we focus on involve driving under the influence, marijuana DUIarrests and warrantssuspended licensesCommercial Driver Licensehabitual traffic offenders, and more. Feel free to visit our practice area pages and frequently asked questions to learn more about how we can help you.

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We understand what you are going through. You may be feeling confused, angry, or nervous, and our attorneys want to help put you at ease. We are willing to work tirelessly to see that your rights are protected and we will work to negotiate your charges. Our team is ready to fight and advocate for you and your rights. A traffic infraction should not have to make you put the rest of your life on hold. Our goal is to provide you with legal representation and see that your charges are lifted or lessened. We want to help you and your family.

Time is of the essence, and our team does not waste any of your time and money. After calling us, our skilled defense attorneys and traffic ticket team will start working on your case. It is important to act quickly, in the event of an accident or infraction, to see that we can do our job to the best of our ability.


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There are a number of charges and infractions regarding traffic: criminal and civil. Each of these involve different laws and regulations, in addition to questions, which we are happy to answer.

Criminal Traffic Charges and Civil Traffic Infractions

Below is a list of criminal traffic charges and civil traffic infractions that The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden can help you with.

Criminal Traffic

  • Physical Control
  • Driving While Under the Influence
  • Reckless Driving
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Racing
  • Hit and Run Attended
  • Negligent Driving First Degree
  • Hit and Run Unattended
  • No Commercial Drivers License
  • Driving While License Suspended 1st2nd& 3rd Degree

Traffic Infractions:

  • Speeding
  • Speeding in a School Zone
  • Speeding in a Construction Zone
  • Overweight on Axels
  • Speeding Too Fast for Conditions
  • Negligent Driving Second Degree
  • Following to Close
  • Failure to Stop
  • Failure to Signal
  • Failure to Secure Load
  • Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle
  • Improper Lane Change
  • Unsafe Lane Change
  • Improper Overtaking of a Vehicle
  • Open Container
  • Disobey Road Sign
  • Disobey Signalman
  • Disobey School Patrol
  • Passing Stopped School Bus
  • Improper Turn
  • Expired Registration
  • HOV Violations (Carpool)
  • Cell Phone use While Driving
  • Texting While Driving
  • No Seatbelt
  • No Valid License on Person
  • No Insurance
  • All Equipment Violations

If you have been accused of or charged with one of these infractions or offenses, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden are here to help you. Whether this is your first charge or you’ve had multiple, we want to help.

Our attorneys will walk you through the specifics of the legal process. Do not hesitate to call our offices or fill out a consultation form on this page to begin working with our team.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about next steps, possible outcomes, costs   , and consequences. Learn more about traffic offenses in the state of Washington on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

What are Traffic Offenses?

In the state of Washington, traffic offenses are broken into a few different categories. They are broken into criminal offenses and civil infractions. Infractions are also categorized between moving and non-moving offenses.

Consequences of criminal offenses could include jail time, fines, license suspension, probation, and more.  Consequences of infractions include fines, but accumulation of them can result in license suspensions.

Non-Moving Violations:

In Washington, non-moving violations are all traffic infractions that have not been defined by the legislature to be moving violations. A complete list of moving violations can be found at WAC 308-104-160.

Some common examples of non-moving violations include, but are not limited to, cell phone violations, texting while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, not having your license on your person, or having no or expired vehicle insurance.

Moving Violations:

A moving violation is any violation of laws committed by the driver of a vehicle, while he or she is driving the vehicle. At The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden, we help individuals throughout Western Washington figure out options and defend their rights after incurring a moving violation. The Tacoma, WA lawyers at The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden take the time to know and understand the laws surrounding these moving violations so that we can be experienced guides for clients through the process.

Choose an attorney you can trust

It’s crucial that you choose an attorney who you can trust completely. When you work with The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden, you can be assured that you’re in good hands. Since 1988, our firm has worked to help people throughout Lakewood, Tacoma, and the state of Washington following a DUI or traffic infraction. We have dedicated our careers to helping people who need it.

Our attorneys will be available to communicate with you, answer your questions, and provide you with valuable legal counsel and advice.

Tacoma, Washington Traffic Offense Attorneys

We will provide you with strong, aggressive legal representation. When you need help after a traffic charge, we will be the ones by your side, working to alleviate the pressure.

If you have been issued a moving or non-moving violation in or near Tacoma, Washington or have questions about your traffic offense, be sure to contact the Tacoma, Washington traffic offense attorneys at The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden.