Driving and vehicle offenses

Failure to Obey a Flagger or Law Enforcement Officer

The lawyers at Ashbach Law Offices, LLC provide aggressive, strong defense for those charged with “Failure to Obey” offenses throughout Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Our goal is to aggressively protect you, your family and your interests from the prosecution, saving jail time, licenses, occupations and reputations. With offices in Marysville and Mill Creek, Washington, we are available to meet you discuss your case. We help good people in bad situations. Let us help you.

In General

In an attempt to protect persons involved in the direction of traffic, the Washington State Legislature has enacted laws criminalizing the failure to obey flaggers or law enforcement officers. Examples of alleged offenses include ignoring traffic signs and ignoring an officer attempting to pull over a driver. Each of these offenses is punishable as a Simple Misdemeanor. If you find yourself facing one of these offenses, contact our office to learn how we can help protect you.

Failure to Obey a Flagger

RCW 47.36.200 addresses situations where construction, repair or maintenance work is being performed adjacent to public roads, streets and other thoroughfares, and that work interferes with normal travel and traffic patterns. This statute requires properly posted signs and, in some instances, flaggers to guide traffic. Any contractor, corporation, political subdivision or other agency doing the construction or other maintenance work must comply with these requirements. If the requirements are complied with, and a driver does not obey the traffic signs or the flagger(s), that person may be charged with a simple misdemeanor. Each failure to comply constitutes a separate violation, with a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine.

Sample Result - Failure to Obey a Flagger - Case Dismissed

Serious allegations require serious defense. Call Ashbach Law Offices, LLC, at 360-659-4950 or 888-WA-LAW-NW today for a free, personalized case evaluation. We give each case the individual attention and concern it deserves.

Failure to Obey a Law Enforcement Officer

Similarly, the legislature has enacted RCW 46.61.022 to address situations where drivers ignore the directions of a law enforcement officer. The statute states that “[a]ny person who wilfully fails to stop when requested or signaled to do so by a person reasonably identifiable as a law enforcement officer or to comply with RCW 46.61.021(3), is guilty of a misdemeanor.”

RCW 46.61.021(3) requires a driver stopped for a traffic infraction to identify himself or herself and give his or her current address.

Sample Result - Failure to Obey a Flagger - Case Dismissed

We provide aggressive, thorough defense on all our cases. Call us at 360-659-4950 or 888-WA-LAW-NW for a free, individualized case assessment. It is never too early to start preparing a strong defense.

Ashbach Law Offices, LLC, aggressively represents clients charged with Failure to Obey a Flagger or Law Enforcement Officer offenses throughout the Washington I-5 corridor, covering Skagit, Snohomish, King and Whatcom Counties. Regular courts of practice include, but are not limited to, Anacortes, Arlington, Bellevue, Bellingham, Blaine, Burlington, Edmonds, Everett, Issaquah, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrance, Redmond, Seattle, Sedro Woolley and Shoreline.