Re: Washington Ticket With Wrong Date
First of all, WA is NOTHING like CA when it comes to traffic tickets. I'm a little rushed for time right now so I can't go into a lot of detail, but I'll try to address your questions.
Yes, indeed, this should be enough to get your ticket dismissed. Hopefully, you've returned your citation by now, marked "contested". If not, do it today. Make a legible copy of both sides and get it returned. Then send a "Discovery Request" (see this post). You will receive another copy of the citation with a "filing" stamp. When you appear in court, point out that the ticket was "filed" several weeks before the infraction occurred.
How do you know this? A deferral is NOT posted on your normal DOL record, however, it is accessible by the courts.
Yes, we have a "Decision on Written Statements". However, I don't recommend it because, unlike CA, if you lose a DWS, you're toast -- there is no appeal (see IRLJ 3.5).
The officer ONLY has to show up if you subpoena him/her. If you do subpoena the officer, and he/she shows up, you'd better have a REALLY good reason to request a continuance.
The officer's paper work is already done. You will get a copy of it when you do your Discovery Request.
So, get your citation sent to the court (if you haven't already done so), submit a discovery request and make sure that the information wasn't corrected on the court's copy. If not, wait for your hearing and point out the date discrepancy. Do not subpoena the officer. That way there will be NO testimony as to what the correct date should have been. Without testimony, the court cannot determine "when" you were allegedly speeding.
Where am I going? And why am I in this handbasket?