Short Answer: A person who has been stopped by law enforcement should sign the ticket or they can potentially face criminal charges.
What happens if I refuse to sign a speeding ticket?
Speeding tickets are annoying. People often do not feel protected and served when a young Trooper in an unmarked car hands them a revenue generating ticket. Some people are inclined to not sign the ticket. We have been asked several times over the years - "Is it unlawful to refuse to sign the ticket?" In Washington State, RCW 46.61.021(3) requires a person to "sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the notice of infraction and RCW 46.61.022 makes willful violation a misdemeanor. So, yes, it is a crime (misdemeanor) to refuse to acknowledge receipt. However, you are not required to promise to respond. Even if you do not agree with it, you need to sign the ticket. You can always challenge it later. The best practice would be to sign the ticket, and then contact a good local attorney to fight your ticket!
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