Infractions or Tickets
For infractions, the ticket lists the options you have for responding: (1) payment, (2) request a mitigation hearing, or (3) request a contested hearing. You should indicate your response on the ticket, sign your name, and provide your current mailing address. You may email, mail, or file the infraction at the Clerk's Office in person.
To mail payment to the court, enclose a check or money order in U.S. funds made payable to Bothell Municipal Court, for the amount listed on the front of the ticket. The committed violation will go onto your driving record if “traffic” is checked on the front of the ticket. NSF checks will be treated as a failure to respond to the ticket. Please do not send cash in the mail.
To make payment arrangements, please call the Clerk's Office. If you have other outstanding court fines, you may wish to enter a payment plan with Signal Credit. You may qualify for the Unified Payment Program if your license is currently suspended.
By requesting a mitigation hearing, you have already agreed that you committed the infraction(s) but wish to explain the circumstances and request a reduction in the monetary penalty. Infractions designated as "traffic" will be reported to the Department of Licensing. The court may allow time payments or reduce the penalty where allowed by law.
By mail: If you are scheduled for a mitigation hearing, you may choose to submit a written statement rather than appearing in court. By requesting a mitigation hearing, you have already agreed that you committed the infraction(s) but wish to explain the circumstances and request a reduction in the monetary penalty. You will be notified in writing of the judge's decision and payment options. Infractions designated as "traffic" will be reported to the Department of Licensing. Mitigate your infraction(s) by completing the mitigation By Mail Statement and submitting it via email, mail, or in person at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled court date.
If you believe you did not commit the infraction(s), you may request a hearing to appear in person. At the hearing, the City must prove by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) that you committed the infraction. You may require witnesses, including the officer who issued the notice, to appear at this hearing. The Court will notify you in writing of the hearing date.
A deferred finding results in a dismissal of the infraction. You are eligible for a deferred finding for one moving and one non-moving infraction within a seven-year period so long as you do not hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) and you were not operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the violation. The judge will decide whether to grant a deferred finding. If granted, you will be required to pay an administrative fee equivalent to the face value of the original violation(s) within 30 days. Your infraction(s) will be dismissed upon payment. Request a deferred finding by completing the Deferred Finding Checklist and emailing, mailing, or filing in person at the clerk's office.