City Hall South
135 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
Judges in the Issaquah Municipal Court handle criminal matters (DUI, Theft, Assault, Reckless Driving, etc.) from the City of Issaquah as well as the City of North Bend and the City of Snoqualmie. The Issaquah Municipal Court also handles Issaquah speeding tickets and traffic tickets and speeding and traffic infractions written by the City of North Bend and the City of Snoqualmie.
What should I expect?
There is only one courtroom at the Issaquah Municipal Court, the sole full-time judge is Judge Scott Stewart. Calendars at the Issaquah Municipal Court tend to be very busy with many kinds of cases on each calendar. So, if you end up at that Court, chances are good that your visit could take longer than expected. Budget your time accordingly.
How well do the officers write their tickets?
Generally, Issaquah Police Officers write their tickets fairly well, although their tickets tend to be “template” infractions where officers just “fill in the blanks.” Officers with the City of North Bend and the City of Snoqualmie also write their tickets reasonably well, although not as well as Issaquah officers.
Is there a prosecutor in that court?
Yes. Most traffic ticket calendars are handled by a prosecutor. The prosecutors that generally appear in that Court are willing to fight out traffic tickets and even call next door (to the police department) to have officers come to court to supplement their police reports, if necessary.
What’s the court’s policy on deferred findings?
If you are eligible for a deferred finding, the judge in Issaquah will grant that request. Deferred findings in Issaquah tend to be for the maximum – one year – and require payment of an administrative fee. The Court does pay attention to your record during the deferral period, if you get another traffic ticket during the deferral period, the Court will find a violation of the terms of the deferral and it will go on your record (potentially along with the new ticket).
Am I required to appear in court?
If you hire a lawyer to help with your Issaquah speeding ticket, your North Bend traffic ticket or your Snoqualmie traffic infraction, you will not have to appear in Court. It is one of the benefits of hiring counsel. Not only do you significantly increase your chances of a good result, you also save the time and stress of coming to Court.
What is the likelihood of a favorable resolution?
The Issaquah Municipal Court is a court where dismissals are somewhat infrequent but reductions to “non-moving” infractions are pretty typical. If your ticket is for a very high speed (20 MPH over the limit or more), involved an accident, or your driving record has multiple recent traffic tickets, the prosecutor may decide just to have a contested hearing rather than offer any sort of resolution. This is why having experienced counsel that can identify any relevant issues is so important for City of Issaquah traffic tickets.
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