Appealing An Annapolis Parking Ticket – And Winning!
As mandated by the Office of the State’s Attorney, SP+ is the city’s approved agent and has the authority to review and adjust parking citations. The Annapolis city garages are open around the clock, during weekdays and weekends. Meanwhile, metered parking is available throughout the week and costs $2 per hour, capped at two hours. Vehicles are required to move after two hours and refeeding is not allowed. In this article, we will enlighten you on what to do when you have received an Annapolis parking ticket and how to dispute the citation quickly and efficiently.
Schedule of Parking Violation Fines in Annapolis
In 2020, Annapolis updated the fines imposed for municipal citations. The Financial Advisory Commission has the authority to impose the fines, as follows:
|Parking adjacent to redlined curb, bus stop zone, or fire hydrant zone||
|Parking adjacent to the yellow-lined curb||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Parking with left side to curb||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Angle parking||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Parking vehicles alongside other stopped or parked vehicles||
|Parking more than twelve inches from the curb||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Blocking driveway entrances to fire stations||$250|
|Leaving a motor vehicle unattended||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Places where stopping is prohibited by signs||$50|
|Parking reserved for persons with disabilities||$100|
|Parking within thirty feet of an approach to flashing signal, etc.||
|Parking of motorhomes on city streets||$50|
|Posted “No Parking”||$50|
|Parking on sidewalks prohibited||$100|
|Eight-hour parking on King George Street between Wagner Street and the King George Street Bridge||
Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee
|Two-hour parking on State Circle||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Removal of vehicles parked for longer than forty-eight hours or in prohibited areas||
Failure to pay the parking fine
|Failure to pay a fine within 15 days shall result in an additional cost of
$10. Failure to pay within 23 days shall result in an additional cost of
$15 and notification to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration which may assess administrative fees and refuse to permit the registration or transfer of the registered owner’s vehicle.
|Parking in metered space for more than two hours||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Parking at an expired meter||Fine is equal to two times the daily maximum garage fee|
|Parking places and parking lots||$250|
|Parking during scheduled street cleaning||$50|
How to Appeal a Parking Citation?
If you believe you have been cited for a parking violation by mistake, there is a two-level procedure that you must follow to appeal. The first step to the process is administered by SP+, Annapolis’s on-street parking operator. The second step to the process needs to be requested at the district court for Anne Arundel county. Here is the citation process as follows:
1. Administrative review – If you submit the appeal online, you have 10 days from the ticket issuance date. If you submit the appeal by mail, you need to fill out the appeal request form and mail it to:
SP+ Citation Processing Center
60 West Street, Suite 106
Annapolis, MD 21404
The results of the review will be sent via email or USPS within 7 to 14 days.
2. Adjudication hearing request – If your administrative review appeal was denied, you may request for a court hearing no later than 7 days from the review disposition notice. Your request will be forwarded to the district court and the court will notify you when the hearing is scheduled.
The most common grounds for appealing a citation are as follows:
- Improperly written tickets
- Ambiguous signages
- Valid reasons supported by documentation such as stolen license plate, transferred vehicle, permit not visible, and others
Although you have an option to appeal a citation, not all reasons can be recognized by the court such as:
- Ignorance of Annapolis’s parking regulations
- No other vehicles were ticketed
- There is no designated parking available
- Insufficient cash to pay the meters or pay stations
Contest Parking Tickets in Annapolis in Less Than 120 Seconds
One of the best ways to fight an infraction is to hire a parking ticket attorney. However, this will also cost plenty of money. If you plan to contest a ticket on your own, you may expect to spend a lot of time preparing for the hearing and go through the stress of preparing documents.
That is where DoNotPay can help! Our AI lawyer facilitates ticket appeals so the process is fast and efficient. We have a track record of successfully challenging 250,000 tickets and counting. All you have to do is:
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That’s it! What’s next is to simply wait a few days and receive the result of the appeal.