How to Respond
If you have lost your copy of the infraction, please go to the court in person to request a copy. You must respond to the infraction within 15 days of receiving it by marking one of the three responses listed on the back or front the infraction. You must respond in writing. Untimely hearing requests will not be processed.
If you wish to pay the infraction, send the infraction along with a check or money order made payable to Snohomish County District Court, 415 E Burke, Arlington WA 98223, or pay online.
If you want to request a hearing, mark the appropriate box located either on the front or back of the infraction. Mark the box that best describes the type of hearing you want. Please print your name and address in the designated space and sign. Once the court receives the request, a notice of hearing will be mailed to you. Untimely hearing requests will not be processed.
A drop box is located at each Division of the District Court. You may drop off payments and/or hearing requests. Please include full name and case number on all documents. Please do not place cash in the drop box.
hearing request form.
You may request a deferred finding at your scheduled hearing. The court may enter a deferred finding. Entry of a deferred finding is discretionary and the judge will determine whether or not a deferred finding will be granted. By statute you may not qualify for a deferred finding. If you are granted a deferred finding you will be assessed an administrative fee in the amount of $125.00. This fee will be due in full on the day of your hearing. Please be prepared to pay with cash, credit or debit card. Personal checks will not be accepted.
To find out the date you are schedule to appear in District Court. Click on Find your court date.
If you have received a hearing notice and you are unable to appear for the hearing you must file a written request for a continuance. Requests must be filed at least 5 (five) days prior to the scheduled hearing.
The request must include the reason for the continuance and a waiver of your right to a speedy hearing. Only one timely continuance is granted unless it is a medical emergency. Your request will be reviewed by the court on or before the hearing date.
Instead of appearing in court on the date and time schedule on your hearing notice, you have the option of a mitigation or contested hearing by mail. If you decide to proceed with a hearing by mail you will not be required to appear in court. Instead you must complete the Defendant's Statement and Declaration. The proper division must receive your Statement and Declaration at least 5 (five) days prior to the scheduled hearing date.
Mitigation Hearing by Mail Defendant's Statement and Declaration Form
Contested Hearing by Mail Defendant's Statement and Declaration Form
If you failed to respond to the infraction, fail to appear for your hearing, or failed to pay your penalty the court will enter an order finding the infraction committed. An additional $52.00 penalty will be imposed and the Department of Licensing will be notified. In most cases your driver's license will be suspended and the matter will be referred to a licensed collection agency.
To clear this matter and avoid assignment to collection you need to pay the original penalty plus the $52.00 late penalty.
Requests for discovery must be made to the County or City Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Click here for contact information.
Please visit the division of District Court where the infraction is filed for information regarding scheduling an identification hearing.
To advise the court of your updated address complete the Address Change Form and mail it to the proper Division of District Court, or visit any Division of District Court.