Criminal charges are categorized as either misdemeanors or gross misdemeanors, both of which are punishable
by imprisonment and/or a fine. Criminal misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of 90 days jail and
a $1,000 fine. Gross misdemeanor cases carry a maximum penalty of 364 days jail and a $5,000 fine.
In most cases, the officer issuing a criminal ticket has written an arraignment hearing date on the
face of the ticket. You are required to appear at the hearing, or if the officer did not provide a date,
you must contact the District Court Clerk’s Office within fifteen (15) days of the issuance of the ticket
to schedule an arraignment hearing.
If you do not appear at your arraignment, or if you fail to contact the District Court Office within
fifteen (15) days to schedule a hearing, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. See
warrants for additional information.
Civil infractions are not crimes. They are violations of law that have a fine or penalty amount but
are not punishable by imprisonment.
You must respond within fifteen (15) days from the date issued. To respond, select one of the options
as provided on the ticket and return it to the District Court. A mailed response must be mailed not
later than midnight on the day the response is due.
- In Person:
You may pay in person at the District Court by cash, money order, cashier’s check and debit or credit
card. Please be advised you will be charged a 5% processing fee for debit or credit card payments.
- By Mail:
You may pay by mail to the District Court by personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Please
include your ticket number on your payment. Remit payment to
- Upper Kittitas County District Court
- 700 East 1st Street
- Cle Elum, WA 98922
- By Debit/Credit Card:
Court payments using debit/credit cards can be made at nCourt, by phone at: 1-800-701-8560 or by website
www.upperkittitastix.com. Please have your infraction
number and amount due available. You will be charged a processing fee by nCourt.
- Mitigation/Contested Hearing
Defendant's Request for
Mitigation Hearing based on Written Statement 79 KB
You must submit your hearing request to the Court within fifteen (15) days from the date the Notice
of Infraction was issued. Upon receipt of your hearing request, a Notice of Hearing will be mailed to
you at the address you provide. In lieu of your personal appearance at the hearing, you may submit a
Defendant’s Request for Mitigation/Contested Hearing on Written Statement either contesting the infraction
or explaining mitigating circumstances. Please use the Court’s contested or mitigation form. Your form
must be return to the Court at least fourteen (14) days prior to your scheduled hearing date. You may
submit your form in person, by mail or by email
Defendant's Request for
Contested Hearing based on Written Statement 78 KB
- Deferred Finding
- You may be eligible to have your infraction deferred for up to one year under RCW
46.63.070(5)(a)(b) and (c). To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
Traffic Deferral Instruction
Form 226 KB
- You must respond to your infraction timely, or have a mitigation/contested hearing
- You must not have received a prior deferral within a seven (7) year period from
any court within the State of Washington.
- You do not possess a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
- You did not receive the infraction while operating a commercial vehicle.
Traffic Deferred Motion/Order
Form 85 KB
If you fail to respond timely or do not appear for your hearing, the following will
- A finding of committed will be entered for the full amount of the fine.
- A $52.00 fee will be assessed.
- The account will be referred to collection.
- If your case is marked Traffic Infraction, notice will be sent to the Department
of Licensing which may result in the suspension of your driving privileges.
If the Court has issued a "failure to appear" you may request to vacate the finding
and reset your hearing. You must submit the Request to Vacate Infraction Judgment
and Set Case for Hearing. Upon receipt of your request, your case will be reviewed
and you will be notified of the Court's decision.
Request to Vacate
Infraction Judgment and Set Case for Hearing 30 KB