I have been pulled over by a police officer. Now what do I do?

Don't panic. Be polite at all times. An officer may have already decided to give you a ticket, but acting angry and obnoxious won't help you. In fact, if you are rude and uncooperative, the officer is likely to put a notation on the ticket to inform the prosecutor not to give you a deal or reduction in fines. Never admit guilt. If a policeman asks, "Do you know why I stopped you", never answer in the affirmative. Any admissions you make can and will be used against you. It is better for you to say, "No, I don't know why you stopped me. Would you mind explaining to me what you think I did?" If you get an answer, do not argue with the officer. Follow instructions and keep calm and polite at all times.

What are my options after I am issued a traffic ticket?

The first thing to do is to identify the type of ticket you have received.  If your ticket is green or white, then you have probably received an infraction (non-criminal offense that carries only a fine).  If the ticket is gold, however, then you have likely been issued a criminal traffic violation with a notice indicating that you are being charged with a particular criminal offense that, in addition to carrying a fine, may also result in jail time.  You cannot ignore a criminal charge by simply paying a fine.  You will have to make an appearance in court.  Therefore, you should consult an attorney immediately!

What should I do if I decide to fight my traffic ticket?

The first thing you should do is order a copy of your driving record from the Department of Licensing. You can do this online by visiting www.dol.wa.gov It is a good idea to get a copy of your driving record because it will give you a realistic appreciation for your driving history. The lack of a history may be beneficial to you in court. If you have a long and bad driving record, be prepared for the worst. The judge or the commissioner will have a copy of your record.

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