I got a ticket for driving with a hamburger in my hand last spring - while also rolling through a very familiar stop sign - this last spring. I wrote a letter to the Seattle Court explaining my circumstances and asking the ticket to be dropped. I never received a reply, however, and being very busy I was apparently charged for the ticket without any response and it ended up in collections. To make it worse, I already paid the collection company, but have another one after me currently for the same charge. What can I do? Is there any way to have the ticket taken completely off my record?
You can always ask the court to reverse it's decision. Will they do it? Not likely, unless you give them a better reason than you don't want it on your record. After all, by doing the written statement option, you already had your "trial." FYI, the written option seldom results in a dismissal. You should have consulted with an experienced traffic attorney. Most offer a free consultation to discuss how they might be able to help. given your specific circumstances. They are more like to have gotten you a dismissal or otherwise kept it off your driving record.
Courts usually sell their unpaid ticket debts to a single collections agency. Are you sure that it is a different one? Did you ask Seattle Muni who they send collections to? Have you spoken with the collections agencies? Finally, did you pay just the fines to collections or did you also pay the late fees and/or interest? If you just paid the fine amount, you may still owe the rest.
If you don't take care of this, by the way, your license could be suspended. Driving on a Suspended License is a criminal charge.
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