I have a ticket for not stopping all the way at a stop sign. Its my fourth ticket and I can't afford it, so I want to get it deferred.
Most courts will require you to appear at a contested hearing or mitigation hearing to actually enter a deferral. It is possible that the court you have to respond to for this ticket has a process where you can request a deferral by mail. I would check the courts website or call the clerk to see if you can defer the ticket by mail. This also assumes you are eligible to defer the ticket and have not deferred a moving violation in the last seven years. Good luck.
I agree with the previous answer and want to expand a little. A deferred finding is discretionary and therefore up to each individual judge for both moving and non-moving violations as well as how many infractions on each ticket they will allow to be deferred. Court's in WA State vary greatly in whether they allow deferrals, their conditions of the deferral and what you need to do so that you do not violate the deferral. You should be able to contact the court and the clerk should be able to inform you about your eligibility and conditions.
However, if this is your fourth ticket (unclear in what time frame) you may consider other options like contacting an experienced traffic attorney for the area that could help you resolve the matter. My worry is that if you are eligible whether you could meet the conditions for not having another infraction for a year.
On infraction ticket I have always been able to appear for the client and they have never been required to appear for a contested hearing. I have been able to handle the ticket for the client.
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