I had got a ticket on 03/18/2015 , description: Over or straddling center line.
I merged into a lane after coming out of an apartment complex and the traffic in my lane was at a standstill. So, I moved to the next lane and while I was doing so another car came from almost as perpendicular lane (and few feet behind me) and tried to enter my lane. She was on my blindspot and rammed right into my car.
The other driver was on a learner's license then and this was something that could have been avoided by her as she could see me while she was entering my lane. I called the cops but the officer in charge said that since I had not traveled over 100 feet after merging into a lane he would ticket me.
There was minimal to no damage to her car.
Back then I was new to the place and stupid not to contest that. Now when I look back I feel I could have done that in time.
Could you please let me know if there is anyway I could get it off my record or contest? If I contest (if that is even possible now) what are the odds?
Although you could request that the judge allow you to reopen this ticket, I don't think there is any chance at all of that happening. It has been over a year, and it doesn't sound like there are any compelling reasons that you did not contest originally. I think you are likely stuck with the choice that you made, but I would love it if someone tells me another way (and convinces a judge of it).
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do at this point. The time to contest was back when you received the ticket.
There are potential reasons for opening this infraction and they are listed here: http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.display&group=clj&set=CRLJ&ruleid=cljcrlj60. It also depends which court handled the infraction and your age when you received the citation. The general rule though is that these motions should be done within a year and that the best time to beat these tickets is at the time that they occur.
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