Asked in Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Washington

Q: I'm told by a WSP that I'm free to go&I'm not getting an infraction cuz it wasn't my fault, Can they change their mind?

They said they saw the whole thing (accident) & it wasn't my fault cuz I was in the roundabout first. I didn't get a ticket that day, just a "receipt of information" for insurance. Then after the weekend they said they had dashcam footage that showed it was my fault& I'd receive my ticket in the mail for "improper lane usage".

I've requested the collision report online & it said I was at fault, but there wasn't any "dashcam footage" available with that report.

I feel like they "changed their mind" over the weekend. Why did they say I was free to go? The ticket is dated like I received it that day but it was almost 2 weeks later sent to me in the usps mail. Also the ticket says the infraction cost is 196$. But there's another printed paper with the cost saying that it was $145 infraction cost? I feel gaslighted & taken advantage of by WSP because I'm not from that town (Wenatchee) and I was driving a nice car (2012 Mercedes e350)

1 Lawyer Answer
Jahnis John Abelite
Jahnis John Abelite
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Arlington, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: The first thing to keep in mind is you have 33 days from the date of mailing of the ticket to you (look at the postmark on the envelope in which the ticket was mailed) to respond to the court. You will have to contact the WSP to obtain a copy of the dashcam recording so you can review it. But you must preserve your rights in this case so you should contest this ticket by checking the "contested hearing" box, filling in your name and mailing address and signing and dating the ticket form and then mailing it to the court clerk right away. You should seriously consider hiring a local attorney in Wenatchee to defend this ticket or at least obtain a consultation to see what the best course of action would be. Good luck!

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