My question involves a speeding ticket from the State of: Washington!
Hello guys, if any of you remember I was involved in a fairly difficult ticket back in September of last year. A cop chased me without lights and ended up ticketing me for 73 in a 35. I eventually got the ticket deferred because the cop was at fault for not identifying himself or something of the sort.
Now I'm in a bind, I was traveling on a 45mph road, and had just made a right onto another street. Cop coming the opposite direction pulled me over and ticketed me for going 49 in a 35. I just recently moved to the area and didn't know that the speed limit had dropped to 35 on this street.
He said that because I had a clean record, he ticketed me with a smaller offense. I got RCW 46.61.400(2) Exceeding Safe and Posted Limit. Supposedly that dropped the ticket down from 200 dollars, to a mere 124 dollars.
I don't mind paying the 124, it's not a lot. What troubles me is that the ticket will go on my record and the previous one will come back. When the first ticket was deferred, I did it through the mail. I got a slip back saying "DF - Deferred Finding", no explanation whatsoever.
Should I get a lawyer to help me fight the ticket or am I screwed and now will have TWO tickets on my record?
Side note: Previous ticket was sent to Snohomish County Courthouse, this one is for Mill Creek Violations Bureau. I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but will the Mill Creek Center know about my deferment on the courthouse?