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When did he receive the ticket, and in what county?
It's so nice to hear the names of familiar counties!
The Snohomish County District Court has jurisdiction.
Does the back of the ticket or anything you received tell you how to appeal the ticket without having to go to court?
Generally, you need to type a short statement that your husband, not you, was driving the vehicle. Ask that the court please dismiss the charge against you as incorrect. Provide your husband's driver's license number and date of birth. Both of you need to sign and date the statement. DON'T offer to put it on your husband's record.
It's quite likely that the court will dismiss the charge against you, period.
It's also likely, but not as likely because it takes bureaucratic effort, that charges will eventually be filed against your husband.
Anyway, write the statement and mail it in with the ticket. It should say on the ticket how to contest the matter without appearing in court. The court will go strictly by your statement, so make it convincing.
Best of luck to you! And when is the sun coming out? It's June 1st! I'm in Pierce County and it's been pretty chilly and drab today.
Jane Doe, Deer
Good point. Just have your husband sign and date the statement that he was the one who was driving. Great catch on your part, thank you!
They probably sent it to you as luck of the draw or something. Alphabetically, does your first name come before your husband's? It may be as simple a thing as that. They have no way of knowing whose car is whose if it's registered to both of you.
You're right, you still are innocent until proven guilty. When you get a ticket, you have the right to a hearing for that very reason.
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No, but why would they believe you if you just said, "I wasn't driving the car." I wouldn't believe you if I was the judge (and I have pro temmed as judge in traffic court).
But if I saw a statement from someone else saying, essentially, that I know for a fact it wasn't her because it was me," isn't that just so much more credible?
Absolutely. Make sure that the witnesses signs and dates the witness statement.
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