Here’s how you can efficiently dispute a parking ticket in Long Beach, California
Did you know that just by disputing a parking ticket in Long Beach, you have a chance to have it at least reduced, if not dropped completely? Most parking tickets go undisputed simply because people don’t have the time to bother with them. DoNotPay was created to help you deal with a day’s work of necessary preparations in two minutes or less.
According to Business Insider, within the first five months of operation, DoNotPay had already appealed $3,000,000 worth of parking tickets, and back then it was only available in London. Now the app will work in any city, including Long Beach, CA.
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How to contest a parking citation in less than 120 seconds
There is an option to dispute the ticket online on the official Long Beach.gov website, however, we found the link crashes more often than not, leaving a blank page, on top of the fact you’ll have to do everything manually.
The app only takes a few minutes of using your phone to create a professional ticket dispute. Every time you contest a citation, the chance of the fine being retracted or lowered exists. DoNotPay will make sure you don’t waste time preparing anything, and instead do everything for you, here’s how it works:
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser or download the iOS app
- Take a photo of the ticket and upload it
- Answer basic questions about your situation to give the app an overall idea of what to do
- The app will generate a written dispute in accordance with Long Beach, CA laws, meaning you don’t need to research yourself or worry about the details of your answers
Pay or dispute?
|Required Time||Possible Outcome||Most convenient method||Drawbacks and cost|
|Pay||Couple of minutes online, more for other methods||You waste money on an easily disputable ticket||Online||Full fine amount|
|Dispute||Less than 2 minutes using DoNotPay on your phone or computer||Chance of fee being lowered or ticket dismissed simply due to contesting||DoNotPay||None|
As you can see, the effort required and possible outcomes are always in favor of disputing, especially if you use DoNotPay.
Can I contest tickets from private parking companies?
Yes, DoNotPay will help you contest ALL tickets, including privately issued ones. Here are just some of the many companies DoNotPay is contesting and beating every day:
- Standard Parking (and SP+)
- Imperial Parking
- Laz Parking
- Towne Park
- Douglas Parking
- Ace Parking
- Lanier Parking
Will I need legal representation to fight an infraction?
Technically speaking, you’re not required to be represented by a lawyer or law firm to contest parking citations. The whole idea of DoNotPay is to help you do the job a lawyer would by yourself, much faster and completely free.
If you want to go the traditional route, you can scout for a lawyer, schedule a meeting and pay an admission fee, but they may not even want to take the case and could end up costing you more time and money than the tickets worth.
How much would a lawyer charge me for the service?
The average price range of a Traffic Lawyer in California is between $250-300 per hour. Considering you don’t actually need one, it might be better to save the money and let DoNotPay do all the work for you.
Will parking infractions increase my insurance?
Getting parking violation fines will NOT directly affect your car’s insurance. Car insurance risk is calculated based on your habits and history only while the vehicle is moving. This means parking violations won’t count, but things like speeding, DUI, driving unregistered vehicles, etc. will raise your insurance rates. However, not paying parking citations and letting them accumulate over time may result in the suspension of your license, which will affect insurance in the long run.
Do parking tickets go on my driving record?
Getting a parking ticket will NOT directly impact your driving record, only traffic tickets have this effect. However, all of this is assuming that you’ve taken care of the tickets, not if you let them lie around and collect more debt and fines. Ignore them for too long and you may be surprised if your next car registration or re-registration gets rejected, or in some cases, your current registration suspended by the DMV. Now you’re left with an unregistered car and if you try to drive it and get caught, that could cost you a lot more than the ticket ever would. Just remember to always contest your citations with DoNotPay and you’ll be fine.
Can I get a fine while I’m in the car?
Yes, if the car is stopped, as long as it’s not actively engaged in loading or unloading of passengers and goods, it is considered parked and thus can get fined. Although a parking officer may be kind enough to just tell you to move, every city relies on fines for their annual budget, meaning the likelihood of you getting away with just a friendly warning is low and not worth the risk. If you’re going to stop your car, make sure to do it under correct terms. The ONLY two excuses are the ones we mentioned previously.
I was visiting Long Beach and got an infraction, do I have to pay it since I don’t live in the state?
Although what exactly will happen with your ticket will depend on several factors, one thing is for sure, a parking ticket WILL NOT just be forgiven and forgotten, even if you received it outside of your home state. Here’s an example discussion on the topic from the Legal Advice subreddit. We would never suggest ignoring a parking ticket for these various reasons, however, contesting it with DoNotPay is always a good start to try and get yourself out of paying it, the legal way.
How much does Long Beach make from issuing parking fines?
According to a report by the Press-Telegram in 2015, parking fines are the 6th biggest source of revenue for Long Beach, CA. The city budget plans for 2020 expect to accumulate over $20,000,000 in fines and forfeitures, the majority of which primarily come from parking citations.
If I get a ticket on a rental car, can I just ignore it?
No. Although the parking ticket will not be addressed to your name, car rental companies carefully cover these situations within their policies. Among the paperwork you sign, you can be 100% sure there will be a clause stating that, in the case of receiving a parking ticket, you’ll be obligated to cover for them and possibly receive penalty fees. Here’s how Enterprise, the biggest car rental company in the U.S., covers these situations. Some of the things that may happen if you ignore the ticket are:
- The company charging the debit or credit card used for the car rental without the need of your approval
- Adding an administrative fee to the total amount of the ticket
- Forwarding the case to debt collectors
How can I pay a parking infraction in Long Beach
|Online||Follow this link, read the instructions and click “Pay Online”|
|By Mail||Send a check for the amount to
|In-Person||At Long Beach City Hall, Parking Citations Section, 411 W. Ocean Blvd., Lobby Level
Long Beach, CA 90802
DoNotPay helps users fight and beat tickets in any city
DoNotPay helps users fight parking tickets in every city in the US and UK. Here are a few cities we’ve helped users dispute the most tickets in:
What else can DoNotPay do for you?
Other than contesting parking citations, DoNotPay can assist you with:
- Suing businesses and people in small claims court
- Providing you with virtual credit cards to avoid unnecessary charges by free trials
- Contesting speeding tickets
- Fighting traffic tickets
- Contacting customer service on your behalf, waiting in queue and connecting you once a customer service rep answers
- Getting compensation for delayed and canceled flights
- Getting your DMV appointment faster
- Canceling any unwanted service and subscription