Re: Washington State: First Speeding Ticket - How to Get It Off My Record
"Going with the flow" really isn't a defense. Just because other driver's around you are breaking the law, doesn't permit you to do it too. It's pretty much like your mother used to tell you - "If all your friends go jump off a cliff..." This is one of those excuses that judges hear annoyingly often and are, therefore, not very sympathetic to. It is likely only going to earn you a longsuffering sigh from the judge before he tells you to pay the clerk on your way out...next!
The only way to keep this off your record is to beat the ticket. If the cop got you on radar, while there was other traffic around you, there is a whole minefield of ways the cop can give you a defense if he's lax. Lidar will be a bit tougher to beat, but there is hope there too. Request discovery (see the stickies in this forum to learn how) then post it here. You'll likely get a plethora of advice on how to attack the ticket.
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