Tickets and Code Infractions

Below is a list of instructions and resources for how to manage your traffic infraction. Before calling the court, please read the entire front and back of your infraction for instructions.


Ticket Options

You must respond within 15 days of the date of the infraction by doing one of the following:

  1. Pay the fine in full.
  2. Set up a payment plan.
  3. Submit a request for a contested or mitigation hearing. This can be done by emailing [email protected], mail, fax, or in person.
    • Contested Hearing: Challenge the infraction.
    • Mitigation Hearing: Explain the circumstances and/or request a reduction in fine.
    • The following infractions cannot be mitigated:
      • Speeding in a school/construction/emergency zone
      • Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle
      • Passing a stopped school bus
  4. Submit a Written Hearing. Complete the Written Statement for Infractions form and return it to the court with any supporting documents. This can be done by emailing [email protected], mail, or fax. The Judge will review your statement and make a ruling. Please note that if the court enters a committed finding it cannot be appealed.  The court accepts the following file formats: .pdf, .tif, .tiff, .jpeg, .jpg.

(NoteIf you arrive less than 30 minutes late to court you will be seen after those who arrived on time. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late you will not be seen and will need to reschedule.)

Some charges may be eligible for reductions. Failure to respond within 15 days will result in a $52 penalty. Unpaid balances will be reported to a collection agency and to the state Department of Licensing to suspend your license. Any conviction and/or failure to appear become a part of your driving record.

If you want the City’s evidence, you must submit an Infraction Discovery Request no later than 14 days before the hearing.

If you want the officer present at a contested hearing, you must submit an Infraction Officer Subpoena Request no later than 7 days before the hearing.

You can check the calibration of a speed measuring device here: Speed measuring device (SMD) certificates of calibration


Deferred Finding

A deferred finding is a way to potentially keep a traffic infraction from becoming part of your driving record. Deferred findings are available once every seven years for Washington residents.

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or were driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the violation you are not eligible. If you are eligible, you must comply with the following to have the violation dismissed:

  • Pay the original fine as agreed.
  • Have no moving or similar violations for six months from the date of entry of the deferred finding.

Click here to see the deferred finding application.


Photo Tickets

Types of Photo Tickets:

  • Red Light Violation: 
    • These can be contested or mitigated. The City Council has reduced the photo-enforced fine to $101 compared to $139 if stopped by an officer.
  • Speeding in School Zone: 
    • These can only be contested. If found committed the court may not waive, reduce, or suspend the penalty for school zone infractions by statute. Please note the fine has already been reduced below the usual fine. For example, if an officer stopped you for speeding in a school zone the normal fine would be:
      • $217 for 1-5 mph over
      • $237 for 6-10 mph over
      • $299 for 11-15 mph over
      • $381 for 16-20 mph over
      • $483 for 21-25 mph over
      • $586 for 26-30 mph over
      • $688 for 31-35 mph over
      • $811 for 36+ mph over

Photo Ticket Issuing:

Photo infractions are issued to the first listed owner on the vehicle registration. Liability cannot be transferred from one party to another, except rental agencies. Photo infractions do not go on your driving record. Photo hearings are typically held on the last Wednesday of the month in the afternoon.

You can view the video of your infraction online (city code=LAKEWD).

Responding: An owner may overcome the presumption of liability by completing a Declaration of Non-Responsibility if one of the following applies:

  • Personal vehicles:
    • The first listed registered owner was not the driver at the time of the infraction.
    • The vehicle was stolen or sold prior to the date of the infraction.
  • Non-rental business vehicles:
    • The vehicle was in the care or custody of someone who is not an employee of the business.
    • The vehicle was stolen or sold prior to the date of the infraction.
  • Rental car business:
    • Nominations of the responsible party must be submitted within 18 days to: Photo Enforcement, 9401 Lakewood DR. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499.

Failure to respond within 15 days will result in the infraction being assigned to a collection agency. A vehicle with two or more unpaid violations will result in a hold on the vehicle registration tabs.


Animal and Code Infractions

If you received a ticket for violating a municipal code, you have been charged with an infraction. Before calling the court, please read the entire front and back of your infraction for instructions.

You must respond within 15 days of the date of the infraction by doing one of the following:

  1. Pay the fine in full.
  2. Set up a payment plan.
  3. Submit a request for a contested or mitigation hearing. This can be done by emailing [email protected], mail, fax, or in person.
    • Contested Hearing: Challenge the infraction.
    • Mitigation Hearing: Explain the circumstances and/or request a reduction in fine.
  4. Submit a Written Hearing. Complete the Written Statement for Infractions form and return it to the court with any supporting documents. This can be done by emailing [email protected], mail, or fax. The Judge will review your statement and make a ruling. Please note that if the court enters a committed finding it cannot be appealed.  The court accepts the following file formats: .pdf, .tif, .tiff, .jpeg, .jpg.

Failure to respond within 15 days will result in a $52 penalty. Unpaid balances will be reported to a collection agency.

If you want the City’s evidence, you must submit an Infraction Discovery Request no later than 14 days before the hearing.

If you want the officer present at a contested hearing, you must submit an Infraction Officer Subpoena Request no later than 7 days before the hearing.

(NoteIf you arrive less than 30 minutes late to court you will be seen after those who arrived on time. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late you will not be seen and will need to reschedule.)