During my short trip to Seattle, I thought it might be fun to rent a car and drive down to Portland to do some exploring and to see a high school friend of mine, especially since it was only a three hour drive away. I got one of these, though — cited for driving “65+ in a 60 zone”.
I was not speeding. I was driving in an unfamiliar place in an unfamiliar vehicle. My passenger was asleep, and I had been following the same cars for miles.
Anyone who knows me well will know that I tend to let things go and that I know how to pick my battles. I’ve experienced a lot of injustices, but I still let a lot of things roll off me and take the high road because they either aren’t worth my a)time, b)money, and/or c)my stressing over (stress can cause belly fat and aging! ;).
So it says a lot when I say — I’m fighting this.
After much research and the help of some kind netizens, here are my next courses of action:
- File a motion for a hearing with the court
- Wait for my court date
- Make a request for discovery from the prosecutor
- If the discovery materials arrive, I’ll analyze them and figure out the next course of action
- Next course of action is either:
a) go to court myself
b) hire an attorney to represent me in court
c) hammer out a request for a Decision by Written Statement
d) request for deferral
If it gets to step 5, I’m likely going with option B. Here’s why: hiring an attorney will cost as much as a deferral does and will heighten my chances of winning, and if I win, besides not giving money to the state of Washington for something that’s totally unfair, I also wouldn’t have a car insurance hike and points on my driver’s license. I may also request to see other tickets written that day based on that radar. By the way, I have never, ever gotten a ticket of any sort before.
I knew I’d be stimulating Washington’s economy a bit with my visit. Just not in such a way.
To be continued.