Re: Police Ability to Hand Out Tickets for Accident
JK is right, as far as he went. I'll expand a little. In WA a police officer may issue a ticket:
Note that NOTHING in that law requires that the officer take any "statements". Nor does it say it must be issued on the spot, nor does it say it can't come three weeks later. Standard procedure is for a supervisor to review the information from the officer and determine what, if any, citations should be issued. IRLJ 2.2 (c)(3) allows the citation to be "served" by mail.
Quoting RCW 46.63.030
My advice would be to get a copy of the accident report. For general questions about fighting tickets in WA, take a look through this thread. Yes, it's lengthy....
Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?