113th Place W.
Woodway, WA 98020
Traffic Violations Bureau processes all citations received in the
Town of Woodway.
contracts for judicial services through Snohomish County District
Court, South Division, located near Edmonds Community College at
20520 – 68th Avenue W., Lynnwood WA 98036. Phone: 425.774.8803,
Must I Do if I Receive an Infraction?
by reading the entire back side of your notice of infraction (ticket)
. You must respond within 15 days of the date that the
ticket was issued. An infraction is not a crime, but failure to
respond can result in the suspension of your drivers license. You
can respond by either mailing the green ticket or bringing it in
person to the Woodway Violations Bureau at Woodway Town Hall. Select
one of the boxes on the back of the ticket and verify your address.
have 15 days from the date of the ticket to respond in one of 3
Pay the fine.
2. Request a mitigation hearing.
3. Request a contested hearing.
you lose your green copy of your infraction, you may download an
Infraction Response/Request for Hearing form from our website (www.townofwoodway.com),
sign it, and return it to the Woodway Violations Bureau at Woodway
may take up to a month from the time you mail your request to receive
a response from the court with a hearing date.
Do I Pay My Fine?
the top box on the back of the infraction; you are electing to pay
the amount of the penalty shown on the front of the ticket.
accept the following methods of payment:
*CHECK (Include citation number)
*CASHIERS CHECK/MONEY ORDER (Include citation number)
Is a Mitigation Hearing?
mitigation hearing is held when you admit that you committed the
violation but wish to explain the circumstances. The court is required
to forward all committed traffic citations to the Department of
Licensing and it will appear on your driving record.
Is a Contested Hearing?
contested hearing is held when you believe you did not commit the
violation. At the hearing, the state must prove by a preponderance
of the evidence (more likely than not) that you committed the infraction.
You may require (subpoena) witnesses, including the officer who
wrote the ticket, to attend the hearing. Please include your request
for subpoena when you return your green copy of your infraction.
You may also request a subpoena information packet from the South
Division by mail or fax. In the event that you have requested witnesses,
you may be required to pay court costs. If you have a contested
hearing and lose and “traffic” is checked on the front of the citation,
this infraction will go on your driving record.
if I Cannot Come to Court for a Hearing?
your request for a hearing, either contested or mitigation. When
you receive your notice of court date, you will also receive a form
to respond by mail. Fill out the response form and mail it to the
court at least five days before your court date. At the time appointed
for your hearing, your response will be read and the judge will
rule. You will receive notification of the outcome by mail, including
any fines owed.
Happens if I Cannot Appear on my Assigned Court Date?
court gives ample notice for you to make arrangements to appear
for your hearing. If you are unable to appear on the date of the
hearing the court allows ONE continuance.
At least five days ahead of the scheduled hearing, you may request
a continuance by mail, fax, or by appearing at the court clerk's
office to sign a waiver of speedy hearing. Failure to follow this
procedure will result in the waiver of your right to a hearing,
a committed finding entered and a failure to appear penalty assessed.
If you have hired a lawyer to represent you at a contested hearing
you are still required to appear and failure to do so will result
in a committed finding being entered and a failure to appear penalty
Qualifies For a Deferred Sentence?
deferred sentence may be an option if you have not had a deferral
in the last seven years. You may request either type of hearing
to ask for a deferred sentence. Your driving record will be taken
into account, and it is solely the judge's decision to defer the
a Traffic Infraction Appear on My Driving Record?
infraction will go on your Department of Licensing driving abstract
if you pay the penalty, mitigate, or if the judge finds that you
committed the infraction in a contested hearing. Neither the judge
nor the court clerk has the authority to keep the infraction off
About an Insurance Ticket?
you receive a citation for no proof of liability insurance and you
actually had insurance in force at the time, you may file the proof
of insurance with the Woodway Violations Bureau, pay a $25.00 administrative
fee, and this charge will be dismissed. If there is another charge
on the citation, this must be dealt with separately.
if I Do Not Pay My Ticket or Appear For a Hearing?
failure to pay or respond to the ticket within 15 days results in
an order that the infraction was committed, a penalty will be added
to the fine, and the information will be forwarded to the Department
of Licensing immediately. If you asked for a hearing and do not
appear, a penalty will be assessed and a committed finding will
be entered. When an infraction is not paid in a timely manner or
a hearing is missed, a late penalty is added to the amount shown
on the ticket. Your license may then be suspended if the penalty
is not paid following a notice to pay the increased penalty and
the account may be assigned to a collection agency.
if I Need an Interpreter?
language interpreters can be requested to be present at your hearing.
Please fill in which language you speak in the space on bottom of
the back of the green copy of the infraction to request an interpreter.