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Infractions (Non-criminal)

An infraction is a non-criminal offense for which you cannot go to jail. 

If you received a green copy or a white electronic copy, you have been charged with an infraction. Please read the ticket for instructions. You must respond within 15 days of the date of the citation by either requesting a hearing (see below) or by paying the fine in full. After 15 days, a $52 penalty for failure to respond will be added.

You can request a mitigation or contested hearing or deferral with the Tumwater Violations Division (see below). The City of Tumwater contracts with Thurston County District Court to conduct court hearings.  

Pay a Fine 

Please make checks payable to the City of Tumwater and submit by mail or in person. Visit Tumwater Violations Division for more payment options.

Tumwater Violations Division
Tumwater City Hall
555 Israel Road SW
Tumwater, WA 98501

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for holidays.

Other Options for Infractions (traffic or non-traffic)

If you have received an infraction, you may choose to request a Mitigation Hearing, Contested Hearing or a Deferral. Please contact Tumwater Violations Division for more information at (360) 754-4190, or stop by during regular business hours. 

Mitigation Hearing

A mitigation hearing is an informal procedure in which you admit to committing the violation on a traffic infraction, but wish to explain the circumstances to the judge. You may not argue that you did not commit the infraction. The judge may or may not reduce the amount of penalty. The infraction will be reported to the Department of Licensing, and it will appear on your driving record. You may not appeal the court’s determination or order. Mitigations are NOT allowed by law for the following offenses: Passing a school bus (RCW 46.61.370); Speeding in a construction zone (RCW 46.61.527); Speeding in a school zone (RCW 46.61.440). If you wish to request a mitigation hearing, you must select the 2nd option on your citation and return it to the court within 15 days of the date of the ticket. Please make sure you fill in your name, mailing address and signature.

Contested Hearing

If you received a traffic infraction and do not believe you committed the violation, you may request a contested hearing. The judge will read the officer’s sworn statement. Then you may testify and present other witnesses and evidence in your behalf. The judge will decide whether or not the infraction was committed based on the preponderance of the evidence. If the judge finds the infraction committed, a reduced penalty may still be imposed. If the judge finds the infraction not committed, the infraction will be dismissed. You have the right to subpoena witnesses, including the officer who issued the citation. If you wish to subpoena a witness, you must apply to the court in writing at least 14 days prior to the hearing. You may appeal the court’s decision if you are found to have committed the infraction. If you wish to request a contested hearing, you must select the 3rd option on your citation and return it to the court within 15 days of the date of the ticket. Please make sure you fill in your name, mailing address, and signature.

Deferral/Dismissal

A deferred finding is an opportunity for you to have your traffic infraction dismissed. If the court grants a deferral, you must meet all of the conditions of the deferral for the infraction to be dismissed. You may have an infraction deferred only once every 7 years anywhere in the state. You are NOT eligible for a deferral if you have a CDL (commercial driver’s license). The period of deferral is for 12 months. You cannot commit another infraction within this deferral period. You must pay a $150 administrative fee, plus $70 for any additional charge on your traffic ticket. This fee must be paid in full within 90 days of the entry of the deferral.

You are not eligible for a deferral if you have a CDL (commercial driver’s license).

Questions?

Contact Tumwater Violations Division at (360) 754-4190.