Contesting a ticket under RCW 46.61.050

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by Ed Harper

I was recently asked if a driver has been cited for turning right on a red light, should the ticket be contested. My answer was in most cases yes, depending on the circumstances. The prosecutor must provide you with discovery and follow all the applicable procedures in order to get the case before a judge. At that point you can provide the judge with evidence (witnesses, your testimony, photographs, diagrams, etc.) to counter-act what the prosecutor comes up with.

Often the prosecutor will negotiate with you and offer you a non-moving violation ticket which does not go on your driving record. The 46.61.050 is a violation that ends up on your record and could have a detrimental effect on your insurance rates. Hope this works out well for you.

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