My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Washington
I was recently given a traffic fine for using my cell phone while driving. As I understand it, as my first infraction, this will appear on my driving record but not be reported to my employer or to my insurance agent. Is that correct?
I have a few additional questions:
1) How long will this take to clear off my record?
2) I was thinking of asking for a mitigation hearing to get the $139 fine reduced. I bought a hands free kit and also have a very clean driving record. Can I do that by mail? Should I send a letter with my fine? Would it be worth it to do that?
3) I also came across information on deferrals in this forum. This option seems to not make sense in my case as this infraction is not going to be reported to any one that matters any way, and actually looks like it may cost more than just going ahead and paying for the fine. Also, it may come back and kick me in the butt if I do get another more serious violation within the year. Is my understanding correct?
Thanks in advance for anyone that has any advice or insight.