Contesting Parking Tickets in San Diego, CA

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The easiest way to dispute a parking ticket in San Diego

Plenty of easily disputable parking tickets are paid in full simply because people can’t be bothered to contest them. That’s why we created DoNotPay, an app designed to help you dispute parking tickets at a fraction of the time it would take to do it manually. Engadget reported on DoNotPay, giving it praise for its efficiency and success in turning over 160,000 fees in its first two years, in just two cities alone.

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How to send a convincing parking dispute in less than two minutes

In San Diego, once you receive your ticket, you have 21 calendar days to submit your case for what is known as Administrative Review. Previously, you’d have to set aside time to research and prepare your case, then put it all into writing and hope you didn’t miss anything. With DoNotPay, that process was cut down from a day’s worth of work to just two minutes on your phone or computer. Just follow these four steps:

  1. Open DoNotPay in
  2. Upload a photo of your ticket and make sure that it’s visible
  3. Our AI chatbot will ask you simple questions to understand the situation better
  4. DoNotPay will then create a professional dispute on your behalf, in accordance with San Diego, CA, law

How much money does the city of San Diego make from parking fines?

According to the official government budget report, the city of San Diego charged over $20,000,000 worth of parking citations from mid-2018 to mid-2019. This puts it among the top 10 cities in the U.S. when it comes to issuing of parking ticket fines.

Is disputing a parking citation in San Diego effective?

Absolutely. DoNotPay already proved this with a 64% success rate for a process that takes little effort. In all of those cases, the amount was either substantially reduced or the fee was dropped altogether. It will, however, depend on how you present your case. Instead of focusing your time and energy on writing a letter, checking for spelling errors, and wondering if you included all the necessary information, chat with the DoNotPay bot for a few minutes, and you’re done.

Can DoNotPay fight privately issued citations?

Yes, DoNotPay has the power to dispute both government-issued and private company parking citations. You don’t have to research or know anything about the issuing company, the app known them all. Every day, it successfully disputes parking tickets from companies such as:

  • Ace Parking
  • Standard Parking (and SP+)
  • Towne Park
  • Laz Parking
  • Douglas Parking
  • Lanier Parking
  • Imperial Parking, and others

What if I don’t pay the citation?

Ignoring a parking citation will not make it go away; it will only postpone the result. If you feel it’s been issued wrongly, dispute it with DoNotPay. Some of the things that can happen with unpaid parking tickets include:

  • Increase of fees over time - after the initial 21 days, the city will start adding additional fees for ignoring the ticket, after some time it will begin to accumulate debt
  • Getting bothered by collection agencies - no one wants to deal with those
  • Your car could get towed or booted
  • Future registrations will get rejected - you won’t be able to re-register or register a new vehicle until the fees are covered
  • The DMV may suspend your current registration - this leaves you driving an unregistered car, which has much more significant fines than parking tickets

Never ignore tickets, always chose to dispute them.

Can parking tickets go on my record?

No, parking tickets will not go on your driving record. Although the record of received tickets is kept for reference, they do not “follow you around” as a criminal offense would. As long as the ticket is taken care of, you face no threat to your drivers’ license. However, refusal to pay parking tickets could lead to an arrest warrant due to failure to pay government fines, but that can happen regardless of what the penalties were for. Disputing them will also have no adverse effect or be held against you, so make sure to do that any time you get one.

Will parking infractions affect my insurance policies?

Parking infractions do not have a direct impact on your insurance policies or cost. Insurance risk is determined based on several factors, and one of them includes Traffic violations, but not parking violations. Things that affect your insurance include, but are not limited to:

  1. Previous traffic offenses
  2. Age of driver and years of driving experience
  3. State of the car - age, past repairs, additional safety gear
  4. Location and reason for most frequent commutes

This is all assuming you took care of your infractions in time, by paying or disputing them successfully. If you let them stack up to the point you get a suspension from the DMV, that could affect your insurance, but still isn’t directly linked to the parking violation.

Do I have to pay for the tickets I get in a rented car?

Although the tickets will officially be addressed to the rental company, you can be sure they covered this section with a clause when you were signing the paperwork. If you used a credit or debit card to rent a car in San Diego, the companies are legally allowed to charge you the amount of the ticket plus additional fees without needing your consent. You can find out more from Alamo Rent-a-car, one of the largest operators in the city.

Do I need a lawyer to fight parking citations?

representation is not required when challenging citations. Lawyers can, of course, help advise you on your case and make sure you’ve done the necessary preparations. However, everything a lawyer could assist you with is already covered by DoNotPay. There’s no need to go through the process of scouting for a lawyer when DoNotPay can do the same thing.

How much does a lawyer in San Diego cost?

The cost of a lawyer can be all over the place. Some offer a free consultation, and some don’t. Some will charge you a fixed rate, and others will only do it hourly. A traffic lawyer is usually between $250-$350 per hour. Coincidentally, hiring a lawyer in San Diego also costs about the same. No need to waste potentially more than the actual ticket’s worth when DoNotPay can cover everything for free.

Pay or Dispute a ticket?

Time RequiredCostPossible outcome
PayFew minutes if you choose online paymentTicket fee Wasting money on invalid tickets
DisputeFew minutes with DoNotPayFreePaying less or nothing

How do I pay a parking citation in San Diego?

Assuming you’ve disputed the parking ticket and it still comes back as valid, you can always bring it to step two: Administrative Hearing. At this point, the citation will have to be paid, but if you successfully appeal the ticket, it will be refunded. If you want to pay, you can do so online, by mail, or in-person.

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