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Up to $1025 fine for dropping a lit cigarette from your car.

With last summers severe fires, and Washington entering a drier season as summer starts (but not today in Seattle!), the Washington State Patrol announced a crackdown on lit cigarettes being littered from vehicles. Normally the limit for a 'civil infraction' such as this is $250, but the Washington State Legislature specifically made an exception for dangerous litter.

Cigarette Butt
Cigarette Butt

From the June 15, 2016 Official WSP press release:

"As conditions continue to dry out in the region, the danger of fires caused by individuals discarding lit tobacco products from their vehicles increase.  One careless action can quickly turn into a major fire.  The resources needed to fight the fires and the losses associated with them, such as homes, structures and even life are extremely expensive and costly to tax payers."

"Washington State Patrol Troopers will take appropriate enforcement under RCW 70.93.060(4). It is a class 1 civil infraction as provided in RCW 7.80.120 for a person to discard, in violation of this section, potentially dangerous litter in any amount."

Phillip L. Weinberg

I have more than 20 years of experience defending my clients' rights. I handle all cases personally from start to finish, ensuring that each of my clients gains the full benefit of my many years of experience. At my firm, there are no associates right out of law school showing up in court knowing practically nothing about you or your case, I know my way around the courts and how they work. Throughout my career, I have learned that the best approach is not always the most aggressive one, though sometimes there is no other choice. My first goal in every case is the dismissal of my client's charge(s). In many situations, however, I have found that negotiation offers better opportunities for success.When you work with me your case will never be passed off to a paralegal or a less-experienced associate. I am a solo practitioner and always have been.


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