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FAQs: Security at Pierce County Court

  1. Where is the Pierce County Superior Court?

    The Pierce County Superior Court is located at the Pierce County/City Building. The address is: 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma WA 98402.
     
  2. How do I enter the building?

    There are two entrances to the County/City Building. One is on the first floor off of Tacoma Avenue. The second entrance is on the second floor, down the alley from Yakima Street. Regardless of which entrance you choose, you will be required to go through a security screening. It will take some time to get through security, so always budget "extra time" so you will not be late for court. You may want to allow at least an extra 30 minutes to get through security.
     

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Washington DOL Suspension of CDL for "Serious Traffic Offenses"

The Washington Department of Licensing Will Suspend your CDL (Commercial Driving License) for having two or more "serious traffic offenses" arising from separate incidents within a three-year period.

1.  Risk to Holders of a CDL License

If an individual with a CDL is found to have committed two or more of these offenses (serious traffic offenses) within three years, their CDL will be suspended for 60 days.


2.  DOL Considers the Following to Be Serious Traffic Offense

1. Speeding 15 miles per hour or more above the posted limit. 2. Reckless driving. 3. Any traffic violation, other than parking violations, that results in a fatal accident or collision. 4. Driving a commercial motor vehicle without a commercial driver license or without the proper endorsement. 5. Negligent driving. 6. Following too closely. 7. Failing to stop. 8. Failing to yield the right of way. 9. Driving too fast for conditions. 10. Improper lane change or travel. 11. Improper overtaking on the right or left. 12. Improper driving to the left of center of the roadway.

3. What is the Statutory Authority for this List?

A list of the statutory authority can be found in RCW 46.25.090, and WAC 308-100-130.


4.  Consequences on CDL Holders?

If an individual with a CDL is found to have committed two or more of these offenses within three years, their CDL will be suspended for 60 days. If an individual is found to have committed three or more offenses within in a 3-year period, their license will be suspended for 120 days. Due to the seriousness of this risk individuals with CDL’s must be vigilant in assuring that they are not found to have committed serious traffic offenses. This is especially true because many people do not comprehend what the DOL considers a serious traffic infraction.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bail Jump RCW 9A.76.170

I was not on bail at the time I missed court so how can I be guilty of Bail Jump?

The bail jump statute does not require that you be on bail at the time. It simply requires that you: 1. Failed to appear for a scheduled court date, 2. You were charged with a crime, 3. That you had been released by court order, and that these events occurred in the State of Washington.

I didn't jump bail, I just missed my court date. How can I be guilty of Bail Jump?

The bail jump statute does not require that you flee the jurisdiction. It criminalizes the failure to appear for a court date.

My bail bondsman said he was okay with me missing court so they cannot bring a bail jump charge correct?

Your bondsman does not decide whether or not bail jump charges are brought against you. Your bondsman decides whether to surrender you after you have failed to appear for court. This decision is independent of the decision as to whether or not bail jump charges are brought. The prosecutor determines whether or not bail jump charges are brought against you.

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What to Do When You Miss Court in Pierce County Superior Court

    Things happen, and sometimes people miss court. If you have missed court there is likely a warrant out for your arrest. Once a bench warrant issued by the court the police can treat it like an arrest warrant and use it to bring the defendant back in front of the judge. It is usually to your benefit to address a bench warrant sooner rather than later. Generally, in Superior Court after you have missed court, all subsequent court dates will be stricken.

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