Portland, OR asked in Traffic Tickets for Washington

Q: Is it legal for an offixer to give driving citations on public property? Ie grocery store parking lot. (WA. State)

Was in a fender bender I didn't cause. Officer was supposed to do a transfer of information and instead gave me a ticket that I should not have received.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Washington State, law enforcement officers can issue traffic citations on private property, including a grocery store parking lot, in certain circumstances. This usually includes incidents where traffic laws are violated, such as reckless driving or DUI, and in some cases, accidents that may involve violations of state traffic laws.

In your situation, receiving a ticket after a fender bender in a parking lot may seem unexpected, especially if you believe you weren't at fault. However, officers can issue citations if they determine that a traffic law was violated, based on their assessment of the incident.

If you believe the ticket was issued in error or unjustly, you have the right to contest it. This typically involves appearing in traffic court, where you can present your case, including any evidence or witness statements that support your position. It's important to gather all relevant information about the incident, including photos, descriptions, and the contact information of any witnesses.

It may also be beneficial to consult with an attorney who can provide advice on traffic law and guide you through the court process. An attorney can help you understand your rights, the legal implications of the ticket, and the best course of action for your specific case.

Remember, it's important to address traffic citations promptly and take the necessary steps to contest them if you believe they were issued unfairly. Seeking legal advice can provide clarity and increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

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