Infraction: Contested Hearing

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The issuance of a Notice of Infraction is a determination by a law enforcement officer that you violated a traffic/non-traffic law. You must respond to the Court within 15 days of receiving an infraction.

You may request a Contested hearing if you do not believe you committed the infraction. Information is available on the Washington State Courts and the Infraction Rules for Courts of Limited Jurisdiction websites.

NOTE: No Proof of Insurance infractions – If you had valid insurance coverage when the infraction was issued, the violation can be dismissed by the Court Clerk upon presentation of proof of insurance and payment of a $25 administrative fee.

A Contested hearing is an informal proceeding.  You may bring a lawyer at your own expense. You may subpoena witnesses to attend the Contested hearing.

Upon receipt of your request for a Contested hearing, the Court Clerk will schedule your court date and send you a Notice of Hearing. If you have a conflict with the hearing date, contact the Court.  Your hearing date will only be rescheduled ONCE. Failure to appear for your Contested hearing will result in a determination that you did commit the infraction and your license will be suspended.

If you prefer, you may send in, via mail or e-mail, a letter explaining your side of the incident, rather than appear in person.

You can be required to pay a monetary penalty. Suspension, revocation, or denial of your driver’s license may also result from your having committed this infraction.