My question involves traffic court in the State of: WA, Seattle and nearby counties.
I have reviewed http://www.expertlaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89115
and a number of other posts on this site (very helpful), but wanted to ask this nonetheless to see if other people had similar experiences or may be able to provide an actionable advice.
I followed the instructions on this forum to file a request for discovery via certified mail to the prosecutor's office, and also a copy (with my ticket) to the court. With my letter to the prosecutor's office I included a self-addressed, stamped envelope, as instructed. I have proof of receipt and signature of the receiver. As the court date is approaching, I have still not received any discovery documents.
I have not personally traveled to the court or the prosecutor's office or the police department to request any of these documents face to face.
My question is this: assuming that I don't receive anything before the court date, realistically would that help me in any way, and if so, how? Is the onus on me, and I must do everything, including traveling to the court, to obtain the documents? Can I file for dismissal on the grounds of not receiving the requested documents (copy of the officer's statement, etc.)? If I do file for dismissal, how do judges typically treat cases like these? What if the prosecutor's office claims that they sent the files (but I never received them), am I able to request any kind of proof from them?
If this has been already covered in full elsewhere on these forums, please point me in the right direction.
Thanks very much in advance!