National Parks and Forests Traffic Offenses

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In and around places like Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham, people like to go skiing and camping. Unfortunately, most people do not expect to be confronted by federal law enforcement.

Those who traverse places such as Olympic National Park, the North Cascades, or other areas under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Forests Services risk coming into contact with federal officials. Common situations include petty offenses for speeding or operating a vehicle that in some way violates the traffic code. While federal law allows licensed drivers to drive in some federal areas in the same manner the drivers would drive under state law within the state in which the federal land is located, the penalties are different.


There are several penalties to a federal petty offense. Federal offenses that take place in national parks, forests, and on military bases can result in jail time, fines, and in many cases higher insurance premiums.

How Can An Attorney Help?

There are many ways an attorney can help. An attorney with experience in federal petty offenses can evaluate a petty offense case, review evidence, and represent drivers in federal court. Discussing your case with an attorney versed in federal petty offenses, at the earliest possible time, is critical to empowering you with information about available options so that you understand what can be done as well as the benefits and risks of those options.

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