I appeared this week in the King County District Court, Redmond Courthouse to represent a client (we'll call her Judy) on a speeding ticket. When I represent clients on traffic tickets one of the first things I do is file a official discovery request with the appropriate prosecutors office. This is a request for the officers police report, videos and and statements or recordings made in connection with the ticket. This is a procedure generally only used in connection with criminal charges, but if you have been charged with speeding you lawyer has the same right to make this request.
In this particular situation the prosecutors office did not respond to my initial request for discovery in connection with Judy's speeding ticket. After they failed to fulfill this initial request I did not make another request. This was on purpose. As the attorney I had the right to make the discovery request, and the prosecutors office had a duty to fulfill this request so I could prepare for the hearing. They failed to do so.
In my case file was the proof of filing that I retained in order to prove that I had made the discovery request. I showed this proof to the judge. The prosecutor was dumbfounded, but could not produce any proof that the discovery and police report was ever mailed. This Bellevue traffic ticket was dismissed by the judge. The facts of this traffic ticket were never discussed by me or the judge. The Bellevue traffic ticket was dismissed in the pre-hearing motion, so the facts of the case were not an issue.
If you have been cited with a traffic ticket in the City of Bellevue, Kirkland or Redmend you should consider retaining an experienced traffic ticket attorney. Only an experienced speeding ticket attorney will have the background and skills to navigate the judicial system and help you keep the ticket off your record. Remember, a good speeding ticket attorney is cheaper than a bad driving record.
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