This offense is punishable by up to 90 days and jail and $1,000 fine in addition to a 90 day license suspension. You have 20 days after receipt of the notice from DOL to request a hearing. I would recommend requesting a hearing and retaining an attorney to explore potential defenses. I'm assuming your son was cited under RCW 46.37.230 for the headlight infraction?
I would still recommend consulting with an attorney who can advise you of defenses and potential consequences if you do accept a plea. An attorney would also be in a better position to negotiate with the prosecutor because they do it on a regular basis. I know you are concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney but almost all criminal defense attorneys offer a free consultation and most offer payment plans.
He can always retain new counsel. However, the Court is only obligated to provide him with an attorney, not the attorney of his choosing. The Court rarely grants requests to replace a public defender with a court appointed attorney because of cost, the amount of time it wastes, and usually the reasons given for firing the attorney are because the Defendant is unhappy with the situation they are in and not that the attorney is failing to do their job. Public Defenders are always very busy which...
You can fire her and it is possible that the Judge could appoint you another attorney but Judges are reluctant to do that because of the cost and delay this causes. Generally Judges suggest trying to work things out with your attorney but your relationship with that attorney may be irretrievably broken. I would suggest having a meeting with your attorney before your next court date and review all of the evidence against you and your potential defenses. Sometimes it also helps to write down in...
The rules of evidence govern whether or not hearsay can be used. It is more like a prayer rather than a defense that the victim will not appear in court for an attempted murder charge. Prosecutor's have many resources at their disposal for finding people like the police, investigators etc. and can also get a material witness warrant issued by the Judge in the case.
The ticket will go to the registered owner of the vehicle, and you can always make a declaration to the Court of non-responsibility if you want the ticket to go to her. Consult with an attorney who specializes in ticket defense if you wish to contest this ticket.
The inconsistent statements about time by the officer are material for cross examination by your attorney but they do not seem like a violation of your civil rights under Section 1983. You should speak with your public defender, their supervisor or consult with a local defense attorney about this issue so they can review your case file and give you a detailed answer.