In Maricopa county, Mesa Az. After being stopped for 30 seconds, a bus in front of me pulled into the intersection prematurely, then hit his brakes. He then continued slowly through the intersection with me in trail. i am uncertain if the light was red as my vision was blocked by him. While in the intersection I saw the flash of what i believe was a red light camera. If it was red i am uncertain if it got me or him or both. Assuming it did get me, I was driving my Arizona plated car with my registration address in Wash. state. Can & will I be served in Washington. and if not served do i have to pay a fine or go to court? Any value in trying to avoid service ,or should I just go to traffic school?
Hello and welcome,The AZ prosecuting attorney could have you personally served in WA state, but they probably won't bother. If they do attempt service, it can be beneficial to avoid service since state law requires that they personally serve you before they can obtain a verdict against you.If one is not personally served, there could not typically be a fine assessed or court date set as that is a prerequisite under state law to entering a verdict against a defendant.
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How long do they have to serve me 120 days?
Yes, if service is not made within 120 days of the violation, the case will normally be dismissed.
JD, 15 year experience including traffic law.
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