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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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.
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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
If you fail to respond timely or do not appear for your hearing, the following will
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.
to Vacate Infraction Judgment and Set Case for Hearing
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.