Ticket Parking - Overview
A parking violation is when a vehicle is parked in a restricted place or in an unauthorized manner. A parking violation is cited by a police officer or another government official in the form of a parking ticket. Business Insider published an article about how the robot lawyer has been “wildly successful” since its launch. has helped over 300,000 people overturn their fines, and this article will guide you on how you can do that too!
Why You Might Receive a Parking Ticket
To avoid receiving a parking ticket, you must adhere to the laws of parking in your state. The following list includes some parking violations that will cost you a parking ticket, however it is important to remember that each state has its own reasons and you must know the laws of the state you are driving in.
- An expired meter
- Parking on a sidewalk
- Parking within 25 or 50 feet of Crosswalk
- Parking Within 25 feet of a Street Corner or Intersection
- Failure to display parking permit
- Parking without a valid permit
- Blocking a driveway
- Obstructing a street excavation
- Parking in a commercial loading zone
- Parking on a crosswalk
- Parking within 30 feet of a traffic control sign
- Parking on a fire lane
- Parking at an intersection
- Parking in a space reserved to handicap people
- Double parking
- Parking near a road sign that prohibits stopping or parking in the area
- Leaving your keys in the ignition of a car
- Parked facing the wrong way
- Occupying a meter space for more than two hours without paying
- Parking in a loading zone
- Parking in a truck zone
- Parking on a boulevard
- Parking in an alley
- Parking in a taxi stand
Got a Parking Ticket - What’s Next?
After you receive a parking ticket, you have two main options: you can pay off your fine or you can contest the citation. Most cities give you a deadline of 10 to 15 calendar days to pay or dispute the ticket before they charge an additional late fee to your fine. If you choose to dispute the ticket when you are at fault, it is very likely that the fine will be reduced, but not overturned. The following table gives an overview of valid and invalid reasons for appealing a citation.
|Valid reasons for appealing a parking ticket||Invalid reasons for appealing a parking ticket|
How to Pay Off Your Parking Ticket
If you wish to pay off your ticket, then you should follow these steps:
- Go to your city’s website
- Find the parking and transportation department in your city
- On their web page, there should be an option for paying citations. Keep scrolling until you find it
- Click the link that redirects you to the payment
- If it is not possible to complete the payment online, then you must research where, how and when you can pay off the citation in your city
What if I Didn’t See My Ticket?
If you were issued a parking ticket, but the wind blew it off your car or someone else removed it before you saw it, you will still receive a notification of the citation by mail to the address of your vehicle registration. Therefore, this is not a valid excuse for not paying your parking fine.
If the address on your vehicle registration is incorrect or if you changed addresses without notifying the DMV, the parking fine is sent to a collection agency which will try to contact you.
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- Create a account
- Go to the parking tickets icon and provide a photo of your ticket
- Tell us why you don’t deserve the ticket
- Decide whether you want DoNotPay to send the appeal for you
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