How to Fight a Royal Oak Parking Ticket
In this article, we’ll go over the steps you need to take when dealing with a parking ticket. We’ll also go over DoNotPay, a useful service that allows you to quickly appeal your parking tickets from Royal Oak, Michigan.
I Got a Ticket. Do I Have to Pay it?
Once you receive a citation, you have three options available:
- Pay it
- Appeal it
- Ignore it
We’re here to lay out your options, see the chart below:
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How Quickly Should You Pay or Appeal Your Ticket?
For Royal Oak, parking tickets need to be paid within 72 hours of issuance. If fines are not paid by this time, they will be automatically defaulted. Default costs vary depending on the type of parking citation, but regular traffic defaults in Royal Oak cost $45 dollars per ticket.
How To Pay Your Royal Oak Ticket
When you are ready to appeal or pay your ticket, make sure you have these details:
- The 44th District Court 4-digit Pay Location Code # (3031)
- The ticket fine
- Your case number
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[8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, weekdays]
203 S Troy Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
What are the Consequences of Ignoring Your Parking Ticket?
The consequences of a parking ticket can go much further than just your original fine. After a certain period, fines often increase, and can keep increasing until they are paid. These can add up fast, so it is important to either pay or appeal your ticket as soon as possible.
Beyond that, unpaid fines can lead to such drastic consequences such as:
- Your car being booted [with an additional fee to remove the ‘boot’]
- Your car being towed [with an additional fee to have it returned]
- Your fine being deducted from your tax return
- Your car registration being blocked
- Your credit score decreasing
- Your case being sent to collections
- Your car being seized and auctioned off by the state [to pay your fines]
Therefore, it is always worse to leave your fines unpaid.
Do I Still Have to Pay my Ticket if I Got it While Out of State?
Yes. Just because the government agency or company is out of state, does not mean they don’t have the ability to send your case to a collection agency. Out of state traffic ticket issuers still hold your vehicle and identification information. Make sure to check the specific ticket fine protocol for the state in which you received the fine, as some states can have substantial fine increases after even 14 days after issuance.
Do I Still Have to Pay my Ticket if I Got it While I was in a Rental Car?
Yes. While it may seem as if the ticket will be less traceable like this, it is stipulated in most rental agreements that the client is liable for any parking fines incurred. Considering the rental company will already have your credit card information, it is easy for them to charge you for the fine as well as their own administrative fee for having to pay the fine on your behalf. As per Alamo’s agreement, if the client fails to pay their own ticket, they are liable for:
- The original fine amount
- Any increases
- An administrative fee
- Any legal costs incurred on the clients behalf
How To Use DoNotPay to Dispute Your Ticket
With DoNotPay, you don’t need a lawyer at all. While legal aid can cost upwards of $500, DoNotPay aims to make fighting parking tickets more accessible for users looking to appeal their citation.
You’ve already made a great start! Let us walk you through our easy process to getting your appeal letter, without having to sort through all the nonsense yourself:
- Sign-up for a DoNotPay account and go to the Parking Tickets product
- Provide details surrounding your ticket and explain why it’s incorrect
- Upload photo evidence to back your claim
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to mail the appeal for you
That is all! Sit back and relax! The appeal letter will contain the relevant state traffic code laws and all the information needed to make a strong argument.
How Else Can DoNotPay Help?
We have a range of other services designed to help you get your everyday tasks done faster and to help everyday people beat bureaucracy. Keep the DoNotPay app around, and let DoNotPay help you out with: