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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.

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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.

Deferred Finding

If you have received a traffic infraction you may be eligible to have the infraction deferred for up to one year under RCW 46.63.070(5)(a)(b) and (c). To be eligible for a deferral you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must respond to your ticket timely or have a mitigation or contested hearing scheduled.
  • You must not have received a prior deferral within a seven-year period from any court in the state of Washington for a:
    • Moving traffic violation (if requesting a deferral of a moving traffic violation); or a
    • Non-moving traffic violation (if requesting a deferral of a non-moving traffic violation)
  • You do not possess a Commercial Driver’s License.
  • You did not receive the ticket while operating a commercial vehicle.

Traffic Deferral Instructions Form
Traffic Deferral Motion/Order Form

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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.

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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.

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Impound Hearings (see Vehicle Impounds)

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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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