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While it is nice that you retrieved your litter, picking up the butt will likely not affect your fine. (The fine really is $1,025.00 under RCW 70.93, and outside of WA state this can even be prosecuted as a misdemeanor).
You can always ask the judge for leniency, but the fine is based on throwing the object from the vehicle, not what you do afterwards.
No, but the officer does need to witness you throw the object from the vehicle in order to warrant the higher penalty (there is a lesser fee of approx. $500 that can be attached to a citation if the officer does not witness the act).
But it does not require the officer to locate, retrieve, and store the butt as evidence.
The fine is still $1,025.00. Take some comfort in knowing that you did not cause a fire - if you had started a wildfire with the lit (or smoldering) butt, you would likely be facing substantially greater financial liability (you would be responsible for the cost of fighting the fire, any damage caused by the fire), plus substantially steeper penalties.