I got a 10 over the speed limit speeding ticket outside of Seattle, WA last week while I was visiting from California. Will this go on my record ? Will my insure provider find out? How can I check if I am eligible to take a driving course?
"Will this go on my record ?" If you are found to have committed a speeding infraction, it will be reported to the Department of Licensing. The finding likely will make its way to your records in CA where your insurer likely will discover the speeding finding.
"How can I check if I am eligible to take a driving course?" While the statutes do authorize the local governments to resolve traffic tickets in exchange for the cited drivers taking classes, most local governments do not resolve traffic tickets by the drivers taking classes.
Your attorney may be able to find some procedural errors done by the citing officer, the prosecutor, or the court to have the citation against you dismissed. All those state actors must do things in certain ways for the court to have a legal basis to hear the case against you.
Alternatively, if you have an otherwise good driving record, the prosecutor may be willing to change the citation to some infraction that would not affect your car insurance premiums.
You can review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.
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