This post is a follow up to http://www.expertlaw.com/forums/show...2597#post82597
Summary: I got a speeding ticket, requested discovery, discovered that the filing date was 15 days after issuance, and according to Washington State law IRLJ 2.2(d) the ticket must be filed with 5 days, unless there is a good reason for any delay. I went to court, motioned for dismissal, the judge said "I'll take your motion under advisement". The he sent me home and said I'd get his decision in the mail.
Well, I got the judge's "decision" in the mail. It was just a bill for my speeding ticket. I'll assume that means he didn't know about IRLJ 2.2(d)?
Or, rather, perhaps more likely, I am the one who doesn't understand the law. I still don't understand why my case wasn't dismissed? Why didn't the judge send me a reason for ignoring that law? As I interpret IRLJ 2.2(d), it seems pretty clear that there must be a "good reason" why the ticket was filed late. And if there IS a good reason, someone better show up at court to give it!
I am considering hiring a lawyer... but I can't afford one right now.
With the late filing date, doesn't that mean the evidence against me (the ticket) is thrown out? Without evidence, how can I be found guilty?
Should I appeal?