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Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGO 1978 NO. 11 > Apr 19 1978

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.

AGLO 1973 NO. 94 > Sep 17 1973

(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.

AGO 1951 NO. 121 > Sep 5 1951

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.

AGO 1953 NO. 133 > Sep 10 1953

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 > Jul 9 1952

The penalty for violation of the Liquor Act must be that set out in RCW 66.44.180 (Rem. Rev. Stat. § 7306-93).