Re: Confused, Just Received a Speeding Ticket in King County Washington
The King County District Court website has some useful information. Look at the section on "Deferred Findings". That will keep the ticket off your record (although it will still cost you $150). You can do this by mail -- there's a link on the right hand side of the page to a "Defendant's Statement". Fill that out, stating that you'd like the court to "defer findings". Call the Clerk of the Court of whichever branch is on your ticket to be sure you've got their address and mail it Certified-Return Receipt Requested.
As far as your parents are concerned, as the father of five, I can say that I think it's best if you told them about it. You can also tell them that you're pursuing a deferral, which will keep it off your record (and the insurance companies from finding out about it) and that you've learned a valuable lesson. But, that's just an old man's advice.
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