I was given a ticket for missing license plate section 11.05.135.5. Because I have WA plates on the back that are valid and CA on the front because the screws are so stripped I can't get it off. To make matters worse I lost the front plate.
Unfortunately, it is a law in WA to have a front plate and your excuses will not carry weight to get the matter dismissed. You could contact WA DOL and obtain a new license and have an auto shop replace the plate for you. In any case, you should contest and mark box #3 and show at the hearing with your explanation and what you have done to correct the matter and the judge should reduce the fine. This is a non-moving violation and should not affect your insurance.
As the other answer mentions, this shouldn't affect your insurance, but you could be stopped for this each and every time that you are on the road. The way to fight it is to check the box for a contested hearing, hire a traffic ticket attorney and deal with it in court. You can do it yourself, but most tickets are not won or lost based on whether you actually committed the infraction (sounds to me like you did), but they are won or lost based on a lot of other things involving the infraction rules, the rules of evidence and even how thorough the officer's report was. Any words spoken to the officer might be used against you as well. An attorney is your best shot. If you just want a reduction, then mitigate the ticket. That says "I did it, judge, please reduce the fine."
Best bet may be to try mitigate the fine amount and correct the issue. Otherwise contest the infraction and have an attorney handle it.
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