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Misdemeanors

In most cases, the officer issuing a criminal ticket has written an arraignment hearing date on the face of the ticket.  You are required to appear at the hearing or, if the officer did not provide a date, you must appear at the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office within 15 days of the issuance of the ticket to schedule an arraignment hearing.

If you do not appear at your arraignment, or you fail to come in within 15 days to schedule a hearing, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.  See Warrants for information on resolving a warrant and scheduling a new hearing.

Infractions
(Not Parking or Photo Red)

You must respond within 15 days from the date the ticket was issued.  To respond, select one of the options as provided on the ticket and return it to the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office by delivering it in person or by mail.  If you elect to mail your response, it must be postmarked by midnight on the day it is due.

If you request a mitigated or contested hearing, notice of the hearing will be mailed to you at the address you provide on the ticket. In lieu of your personal appearance at the hearing, you may submit a written statement to the Court either contesting the infraction or explaining mitigating circumstances. Use the Court’s contest or mitigate form depending on your request, or see IRLJ 2.4(b)(4) for what the Court will accept as your written statement.

If you fail to respond timely or do not appear for your hearing, the following actions will occur:

  • A finding of committed will be entered for the full amount of the fine.
  • A $52 fee will be assessed.
  • The account will be referred to collection if unpaid.
  • Notice will be sent to the Department of Licensing which may result in the suspension of your driving privileges.

Parking Infractions

You must respond within 15 days from the date the ticket was issued.  To respond, select one of the options as provided on the ticket and return it to the Municipal Court
Clerk’s Office by delivering it in person or by mail.  If you elect to mail your response, it must be postmarked by midnight on the day it is due.

If you request a mitigated or contested hearing, notice of the hearing will be mailed to you at the address you provide on the ticket. In lieu of your personal appearance at the hearing, you may submit a written statement to the Court either contesting the infraction or explaining mitigating circumstances. Use the Court’s contest or mitigate form depending on your request, or see IRLJ 2.4(b)(4) for what the Court will accept as your written statement.

If you fail to respond timely or do not appear for your hearing, the following actions will occur:

  • A finding of committed will be entered for the full amount of the fine.
  • A $25 fee will be assessed.
  • The account will be referred to collection if unpaid.
  • Notice will be sent to the Department of Licensing which may prevent renewal of the vehicle license.

Photo Red Infractions

You must respond within 15 days from the date the ticket was issued.  To respond, select one of the options as provided on the ticket and return it by mail to:

American Traffic Solutions
City of Spokane
Red Light Photo Enforcement Program
P.O. Box 742503
Cincinnati, OH 45274-2503

Prior to requesting a hearing, view the still pictures and video clip of the alleged violation at www.violationinfo.com using the ticket number and PIN provided on the notice of infraction.  If you elect to mail your response, it must be postmarked by midnight on the day it is due.

If you request a mitigated or contested hearing, notice of the hearing will be mailed to you at the address you provide on the ticket. In lieu of your personal appearance at the hearing, you may submit a written statement to the Court either contesting the infraction or explaining mitigating circumstances. Use the form included with your ticket or the Court’s contest or mitigate form depending on your request, or see IRLJ 2.4(b)(4) for what the Court will accept as your written statement.

If you fail to respond timely or do not appear for your hearing, the following actions will occur:

  • A finding of committed will be entered for the full amount of the fine.
  • A $25 fee will be assessed.
  • The account will be referred to collection if unpaid.
  • Notice will be sent to the Department of Licensing which may prevent renewal of the vehicle license.

Impound Hearings (see Vehicle Impounds)

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Reschedule a Hearing

Misdemeanors

You or your attorney must appear personally at the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office, prior to the scheduled hearing, to complete the scheduling order process.

Scheduling Order Process

  1. Fill out a Scheduling Order (available at the Clerk’s Office).
  2. Present the form to the City Prosecutor for review and signature.
  3. Present the form to a judicial officer for review and signature.
  4. File the completed Scheduling Order at the Clerk’s Office prior to the scheduled hearing.

Infractions

The process for rescheduling an infraction hearing depends upon the type of violation and the type of hearing scheduled.  A request to reschedule a hearing must be received prior to the originally scheduled hearing.

Mitigated Infraction Hearing

  • Traffic violation (no accident) – May be continued by calling the Clerk’s Office or in person at our public counter.
  • Traffic violation (accident) – May be continued by calling the Clerk’s Office or in person at our public counter.
  • Code violation (i.e. barking dogs; litter & rubbish) – May be continued by calling the Clerk’s Office or in person at our public counter.  Complete a continuance form (available in the Clerk’s office).
  • Parking – May be continued by calling the Clerk’s Office or in person at our public counter.
  • Photo Red – Contact American Traffic Solutions at (866) 790-4111 or visit https://www.violationinfo.com/ for more information.

Contested Infraction Hearing

  • Traffic violation (no accident) – May be continued one time by calling the Clerk’s Office or in person at our public counter.  Subsequent requests must be made following the Scheduling Order Process for misdemeanors above.
  • Traffic violation (accident) – May be continued following the Scheduling Order Process for misdemeanors above.
  • Code violation (i.e. barking dogs; litter & rubbish) – May be continued following the Scheduling Order Process for misdemeanors above.
  • Parking – May be continued one time by calling the Clerk’s Office or in person at our public counter.  Subsequent requests must be made following the Scheduling Order Process for misdemeanors above.
  • Photo Red – Contact American Traffic Solutions at (866) 790-4111 or visit https://www.violationinfo.com/ for more information.

Impound Hearings (see Vehicle Impounds)

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Missed Hearings

Misdemeanors

If you fail to appear for a misdemeanor hearing, the following actions will occur:

  • A warrant will be issued for your arrest.
  • The Department of Licensing will be notified which may result in the suspension of your driving privileges.

See Warrants for information on resolving a warrant and scheduling a new hearing.

Infractions

 If you fail to appear for an infraction hearing, the following actions will occur:

  • A finding of committed will be entered for the full amount of the fine.
  • A $52 fee will be assessed ($25 for parking or photo red).
  • The account will be referred to collection if unpaid.
  • Notice will be sent to the Department of Licensing which may result in the suspension of your driving privileges (traffic violation) or prevent renewal of the vehicle license (parking/photo red).

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1st Appearance (In-Custody Arraignment)

1st Appearance for jail inmates is held Monday through Friday at 10:30 am in Courtroom D in the Courthouse Annex. Inmates appear by video link from the Spokane County Jail.

At 1st Appearance, the Judge will advise the accused of their rights, including the right to an attorney.  The Judge must also determine if there is probable cause for the arrest, set a bond amount or release the accused on their own recognizance, and may also impose pretrial release conditions.

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Saturday Court

Spokane Municipal Court offers traffic mitigation hearings on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month, excluding holidays. Saturday hearings are held in Courtroom D in the Courthouse Annex at 1:30pm. You may request a Saturday hearing by indicating this preference when requesting a mitigation hearing from the Court.

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Applying for a Public Defender

Some individuals may qualify for a City Public Defender to represent them in a criminal (misdemeanor) matter. If you wish to apply for public defense, submit your application at the City Probation Office immediately.

  1. Check in at the City Probation Office on the 2nd floor of the Public Safety Building located at 1100 West Mallon Avenue, Spokane, WA. You will be asked to provide information about your finances to determine your eligibility for public defense.
  2. If eligible, you will be given instructions for scheduling an appointment with a City Public Defender.

Contact City Probation: (509) 622-5800
Contact City Public Defender: (509) 835-5955

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