Traffic Tickets

Mitigation Hearing

Contested Hearing

Unable to Renew License or Unpaid Ticket

Criminal Traffic Citation

Failure to Appear

Deferred Finding

Mitigation Hearing

If you agree that you committed the violation, but would like to explain the circumstances to a Judge, check box number 2 on the back of the green copy of your ticket. This is called a mitigation hearing & is a hearing to explain the circumstances only – not to argue that you did not commit the violation.

Mail or deliver in person the signed green copy to the court office within 15 days of the ticket issue date. Make sure that you have included your current mailing address on the back of the green and/or white copy. The court will set the case and notify you of the hearing date by mail.

Insurance Tickets Only

As per local rule: WMLIR 2.8

(1)  If a person who has been cited with a violation of RCW 46.30.020 presents to the court Clerk, evidence that the person had in effect at the time of the citation liability insurance as required by RCW 46.30.020, then upon payment of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) administrative costs, the case shall be dismissed and the court clerk shall be authorized to make appropriate notation of the dismissal in the court file.

(2)  If a person charged with violation of RCW 46.30.020, for failure to have liability insurance is able to show evidence that the person has subsequently obtained liability insurance in conformity with the requirement of RCW 46.30.020, then the penalty shall be reduced to two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) and upon payment of the two hundred and fifty dollar ($250.00) penalty, the clerk shall be authorized to enter a finding that the infraction was committed, and make appropriate notations in the court record, and the person will be relived of any further need to appear in court in connection with the infraction.

Contested Hearing

If you believe that you did not commit the violation, check box number 3 on the back of the green copy of your ticket.
Mail or deliver in person, the signed green copy to the court office within 15 days of the ticket issue date.
Make sure that you have included your current mailing address on the back of the green copy.
The court will set the case & notify you of the hearing date by mail.

If you wish to subpoena the police officer or other witnesses to testify at your hearing, you must submit a written request with names & addresses to the court as soon as possible. The court will fill out the subpoena(s); however, as the requesting party in a civil infraction hearing, you are required to provide service of the subpoena & to show proof of such service to the court. You must give at least 7 days notice to your witnesses.

Unable to Renew License on Unpaid Ticket

If you have been advised by the Department of Licensing that you will be unable to renew your license, or, if your license has been suspended because of an unpaid traffic infraction, you must pay the balance in full before the court will release the hold on your driver’s license.

You must pay by money order, cashier’s check or cash. The court will not accept personal checks on unpaid traffic citations.

For further questions, please have your citation number available and call the Wapato Municipal Court at 877-6269.

Criminal Traffic Citation

If you have received a gold copy of a criminal traffic or non-traffic ticket, you must appear in court. The date to appear is written on the front of your ticket in the box marked Appearance date @, above your signature on the ticket. If there is no date in the box, a court summons will be mailed to you.

Your first appearance in court is called an arraignment. If you plead not guilty to the charge, your case will be set for a pre-trial status conference hearing and thereafter may proceed to a bench trial or a jury trial.

For specific questions regarding your citation, please contact the Wapato Municipal Court at 877-6269.

Failure to appear on this type of citation may result in an arrest warrant.

Failure to Appear

If you cannot appear for your infraction court date, you must submit a written request to the court to reschedule the hearing. All written requests must be postmarked on or before the hearing date.

If you do not reschedule in a timely manner, or, if the court denies your request, an additional penalty of $52.00 will be added to the original penalty on the ticket & the court will notify the Dept. of Licensing of your failure to appear. This will cause suspension of your driver’s license until you have paid the full amount due.

The court may also refer the ticket to a Collection Agency & you will be responsible to pay all collections fees in addition to all court imposed penalties.

Deferred Finding

A deferred finding is when you what to defer your ticket for one year in order to keep the ticket off your driving record. If you do not have more than 5 moving violations in two years and you have not had a deferred in the past 7 years you may be eligible for this type of hearing. Bring the green copy of your ticket to the court office and ask if your case qualifies for a deferred finding. A court date will be set and you will be given the opportunity to speak with the judge. If a deferred is entered into a $150 (or face value of ticket which ever is less) administrative fee will be assessed, (non refundable) you will be given a new court date one year from the time of judgment. A records check will be conducted at the conclusion of one year. If you have no new violations in that one year period your case will be dismissed. If there are new violations in that one year your ticket will be found committed and you will owe the face value of the ticket.

Download the Request to Defer Traffic Infraction (Deferred Finding) form