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Old 2011-01-03
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Default Incorrect vehicle information on ticket grounds for dismissal?

This happened in the state of Washington.
A month or so ago I got pulled over for driving 79mph in a 60mph zone. The officer issued my ticket and I continued on my way. He did not have me sign anything, nor was there any discussion of vehicle or paperwork.
I was driving my wifes '09 Chevy Equinox. The info on the ticket says I was driving my 1970 Pontiac Tempest.
Here is where it gets interesting. I had used my wifes car to renew the tags for my Pontiac, and that was what I grabbed to give to him. So the registration that I handed him was for my Pontiac. The insurance card I gave him was for the Equinox. Is it my fault or his that he did not verify the info on my registration, against the info on my insurance card, and also against actually looking at what I was driving?
I have also found out by looking at the court website, that the officer is not required to be there in person. I would have to supeana him to have hime there. Instead, the judge will be reading his sworn statement. Will his staement have the correct information? And does that cancel out what was printed on the ticket? Any advice? TIA

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Old 2011-03-13
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Sorry, I'm probably too late to help you. I would say that it is absolutely grounds to have the ticket dismissed. I don't know what the laws are for Washington but if the same situation had happened over here in NY there's no way that would hold up in court. Officers are allowed minor mistakes (slightly misspelled name, typos, mistakes that do not make it unclear who or what the ticket is for). The fact that he didn't even check the paperwork against the vehicle and that the ticket was written for a completely different vehicle than what you were driving would never hold water in court regardless of sworn statement. That is just sloppy work on the part of the officer. Let me know how it went though I'm very curious to hear about it.
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