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AGO 1978 No. 11 >  April 19, 1978
CRIMES - PENALTIES - COURTS - PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR FOLLOWING RELEASE ON PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE
CRIMES ‑- PENALTIES ‑- COURTS ‑- PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR FOLLOWING RELEASE ON PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE Except in the case of violations occurring between September 8, 1975 and July 1, 1976, to which RCW 10.19.130 applies, a person who fails to appear before a court after release on personal recognizance may not be charged with a crime under that statute; instead, the proper statute to be invoked in such cases is RCW 9A.76.170.
AGO 1953 No. 133 >  September 10, 1953
PENALTIES - ENFORCEMENT - WHERE OFFICIAL FORM BEARS INCORRECT STATEMENT OF LAW, INDICATING MORE TIME FOR COMPLIANCE THAN STATUTE ACTUALLY ALLOWS - POWER OF DIRECTOR OF LICENSES TO WAIVE PENALTY
PENALTIES: ENFORCEMENT: WHERE OFFICIAL FORM BEARS INCORRECT STATEMENT OF LAW, INDICATING MORE TIME FOR COMPLIANCE THAN STATUTE ACTUALLY ALLOWS: POWER OF DIRECTOR OF LICENSES TO WAIVE PENALTY

1. Where official form bears statement of lawful period allowed for compliance, correct at the time of issue, and law is subsequently amended to provide shorter period, reliance in good faith upon terms stated upon form does not relieve citizen from duty to comply within shorter period; penalty for failure so to comply is enforceable.  2. Where such form bears statement of law, incorrect at time of issue, leading holder to believe more time is available for compliance than law actually allows, penalty must still be enforced for late compliance.  3. Director of Licenses has no authority to waive or remit penalty provided by section 2, chapter 252, Laws of 1953.

AGO 1952 No. 350 >  July 9, 1952
LIQUOR ACT - SUCCESSIVE VIOLATIONS OF - PENALTIES
LIQUOR ACT ‑- SUCCESSIVE VIOLATIONS OF ‑- PENALTIES The penalty for violation of the Liquor Act must be that set out in RCW 66.44.180 (Rem. Rev. Stat. § 7306-93).
AGO 1951 No. 121 >  September 5, 1951
HIGHWAYS - MOTOR VEHICLES - EXCESS WEIGHTS - PENALTIES - COMPUTATION OF
HIGHWAYS ‑- MOTOR VEHICLES ‑- EXCESS WEIGHTS ‑- PENALTIES ‑- COMPUTATION OF Section 32, chapter 269, Laws of 1951, is susceptible of two constructions, and thus the construction most favorable to the violator must be adopted, which is that excess weight payments apply only to the weights in excess of those allowed by sections 30 and 31 for vehicles and combinations of vehicles.
AGLO 1973 No. 94 >  September 17, 1973
COURTS - JUSTICE - FINES - PENALTIES - CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC CASES - TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION
COURTS ‑- JUSTICE ‑- FINES ‑- PENALTIES ‑- CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC CASES ‑- TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION (1) Where, pursuant to RCW 3.62.070, no filing fee is to be assessed or collected other than as a part of the fine or penalty imposed upon conviction, no such filing fee is to be assessed if no fine or penalty is imposed.
 
(2) Where a fine or penalty is imposed in such a case, $4.00 of that fine or penalty represents "costs" which may not be suspended.
 
(3) The portion of the fine or penalty in such a case which represents a nonsuspendible filing fee is to be deemed a part of the fine or penalty for purposes of determining the traffic safety education penalty assessment under RCW 46.81.030.
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