8601 160th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052
The King County District Court in Redmond handles DUI, reckless driving and other criminal matters for the City of Redmond, the City of Duvall and the City of Woodinville. The Redmond court also handles most Washington State Patrol and King County Sheriff criminal cases that occur east of Seattle. Finally, the King County District Court in Redmond also handles Redmond speeding tickets and traffic infractions as well as Duvall speeding tickets and Woodinville traffic tickets.
What should I expect?
The judges in this court rotate regularly so it is difficult to predict which judge you will have for your hearing.
How well do the officers write their tickets?
Most Redmond officers write their traffic tickets and speeding tickets fairly well. The officers with the City of Duvall and the City of Woodinville tend to be a little less complete in their traffic infractions.
Is there a prosecutor in that court?
If you have a Redmond speeding ticket or Redmond traffic infraction, you will almost certainly have to deal with a prosecutor. The City of Redmond almost always sends a prosecutor to handle traffic infraction hearings. The City of Duvall and City of Woodinville generally don’t send a prosecutor to infraction calendars.
Will the prosecutor negotiate or will the hearing be “win or lose?”
The City of Redmond prosecutors tend to be fairly rigid, meaning that they won’t be willing to negotiate much and only infrequently resolve “moving” violations (those that will affect your insurance rates) as “non-moving” infractions like license tabs or Inattentive Driving. City of Redmond traffic infractions are only rarely dismissed. In our experience, a knowledgeable lawyer will often have better results with Redmond traffic tickets because we are generally able to find every small problem with the infraction that can be used for negotiation. Drivers have a harder time finding those issues.
The City of Woodinville and City of Duvall usually don’t send a prosecutor to Court, so there isn’t any opportunity for negotiation. However, City of Woodinville traffic infractions and City of Duvall speeding tickets often have issues that can lead to a dismissal.
What’s the Court’s policy on deferred findings?
Most judges in Redmond allow deferred findings as long as a driver is eligible. Most of the judges in Redmond do not allow drivers to request a deferred finding if a driver has already started to argue the facts of their case in a contested hearing, you need to decide to accept a deferred finding before any argument about the issues. Deferred findings in Redmond tend to be for a year, although a few of the judges are willing to consider shorter deferral periods.
Am I required to appear in court?
If you hire a traffic lawyer, no. The attorney can handle the matter without you having to be present. If you want to handle it on your own, you do have to appear in Court.
What is the likelihood of a favorable resolution?
Much of the time, we are able to get Woodinville traffic tickets and Duvall traffic tickets dismissed. City of Redmond traffic infractions and speeding tickets are less likely to be dismissed but prosecutors can sometimes be convinced to offer a “non-moving” resolution of some sort, although even that can be difficult. In most cases in Redmond, we are able to resolve matters in a way that protects client insurance rates without requesting a deferred finding. Like any lawyer, we can’t guarantee dismissal or any other results but our clients are almost always very pleased with our results out of the King County District Court in Redmond.
Washington Traffic Defense is happy to offer a free case review and let you know whether we’ll be able to assist.