Tacoma, WA asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington

Q: Does WSP officer need to sign the ticket they give you?

Was told I was going 70 on I-5(don’t think that is true) he wrote it up saying I went 61 “ to cut me a break” then after saying his speech he let me leave. Interaction lasted about 5 mins. I want to contest

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Antone Alfred Weber
Antone Alfred Weber
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: Most traffic tickets are electronically filed these days, so there are procedures for the officer filing using a unique registered username and password. On the copy provided to you it will have the officers name and badge number printed.

There are a few officers out there who are not primarily traffic officers who still have the old hand written ticket books. They still have to be signed with a signature. They will be a green form.

The officer does have the authority to write the ticket for a lesser speed than they got a reading for. Lower fine for you and lower speed to DOL if found committed. A 61 in a 60 is considered as a 1-5 over by Insurance

You should always look into challenging traffic tickets. Best thing to do is to call a traffic lawyer who covers your court. Most offer a free consultation.

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