Instead of appearing in court on the date and time scheduled on your hearing notice, you have the option of a mitigation hearing by e-mail. If you decide to proceed with a hearing by e-mail, you will not be required to appear in court. Instead you must complete the Defendant’s Statement below and e-mail this to the court prior to your scheduled hearing. Also, if you were charged with No Proof of Insurance under RCW 46.30.020, AND you have proof that you were properly insured on the date and at the time of the violation, please include a copy of that proof along with your declaration. The court will review your declaration and the police officer’s sworn statement and render a decision. The infraction will be found committed and a monetary penalty will be determined. The finding will be reported to the Department of Licensing. The penalty will be based on the facts of the case and your driving record. You agree to pay the court-ordered penalty within 60 days of receipt of the court’s judgment. You will be notified by mail of the judge’s decision.
The court must receive your declaration PRIOR to the scheduled hearing date.
Declarations which are not received five days prior to the scheduled hearing date will not be considered. If the court does not receive your declaration by the hearing date and you fail to appear for the hearing, a $52 default penalty will be added and the finding will be reported to the Department of Licensing. Unpaid penalties may also result in a referral to a collection agency and suspension of your privilege to drive.
I certify (or declare) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of Washington that the foregoing statement is true and correct.
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