I am a Washington State driver and got my first traffic violation in Washington State. My violation was for use of the carpool exit lane. I would like to know what are my options to keep the violation off of my record either by deferment or other methods. Thank you in advance for your answer.In addition, my citation was on the 21st but wasn't filed until the 24th, according to the district court website. Does this help my case?
The first thing you need to do is request a Contested Hearing from the court if you have not already, which you have 15 days to do. And then retain an attorney if you are serious about keeping it off your record. Potential outcomes are a dismissal, reduction to a non-moving violation, or using your deferral.
A deferred finding is sometimes a good option, sometimes not. The alternative is a Contested Hearing where the State is required to prove the case against you by a preponderance of evidence. The State can do that without the Officer being present by using sworn reports. Good Luck!
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To answer your additional question: no, from what you indicate here the filing date, 24th, is sufficient. As for your original fact pattern, I agree with the two other attorneys.
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