If you are looking for a way to beat your traffic ticket without using a Seattle traffic lawyer, the deferred finding is it.
And, although this is something you can do on your own, because I like you, I’m going to tell you how to do it. It’s the least I can do.
What is a Deferred Finding?
RCW 46.63.070(5) governs deferred findings. This is what it says:
(5)(a) Except as provided in (b), (c), and (d) of this subsection, in hearings conducted pursuant to subsections (3) and (4) of this section, the court may defer findings, or in a hearing to explain mitigating circumstances may defer entry of its order, for up to one year and impose conditions upon the defendant the court deems appropriate. Upon deferring findings, the court may assess costs as the court deems appropriate for administrative processing. If at the end of the deferral period the defendant has met all conditions and has not been determined to have committed another traffic infraction, the court may dismiss the infraction.
(b) A person may not receive more than one deferral within a seven-year period for traffic infractions for moving violations and more than one deferral within a seven-year period for traffic infractions for nonmoving violations.
(c) A person who is the holder of a commercial driver’s license or who was operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the violation may not receive a deferral under this section.
(d) A person who commits negligent driving in the second degree with a vulnerable user victim may not receive a deferral for this infraction under this section.
What is a Deferred Finding (in English)?
Translated, a deferred finding allows a judge to continue your case and eventually dismiss it if you follow a couple of rules.
First, you can’t get another traffic violation within 12 months.
Second, you can’t have had another deferred finding within 7 years of this one (you get to use this once every 7 years).
Third, you have to pay court costs. The costs vary but the standard amount is $150 which is for the court costs to monitor your driving record.
If you do those three things within the 12 months, then the ticket is dismissed. Nothing is reported and no therefore no hit on your insurance.
What Happens if you Mess Up?
If you violate any of the conditions imposed during that 12 months, then the deferred finding is revoked.
What does this mean? It means that you are now responsible for the original fine and the violation will be reported to the Department of Licensing.
When Deferred Finding is Not Allowed
If you have a commercial driver’s license at the time of violation you are ineligible for a deferred finding.
If you commit negligent driving in the 2nd degree with a vulnerable user victim you are ineligible to use a deferred finding.
When is the Right Time to Use a Deferred Finding?
When it comes to our services, we only do this as a last resort. Our ultimate goal is to keep your driving record clean, so if we absolutely have to use it we will.
If you are handling your traffic ticket yourself, I still would not recommend it as a first option. However, it can be good in a couple of different scenarios: if the court is really far and you are able to do it by mail; if you do not get stopped often; and if you do not want to hire an speeding ticket attorney.
Is Your Deferred Traffic Ticket in Danger of Getting Revoked? Call Now to Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have received a traffic ticket, you only have 15 days to contest the hearing or you lose automatically. Don’t wait, get experienced professionals on the job immediately. Let us handle this for you from start to finish.
Call us now at 206.973.0407 to schedule your free consultation. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Christopher Small is the co-founder and owner of Emerald City Law Group, a full service speeding ticket law firm.