Dispute a Virginia Parking Ticket Without a Lawyer
A few things can be as frustrating as finding a parking ticket pinned underneath your windshield. You were getting on with your life, and now you have to attend to a parking ticket because you violated traffic laws.
If you get a Virginia parking ticket, it's crucial to act fast to avoid hefty fines and other penalties. You have the option of paying or disputing the ticket – both of which involve a series of processes that can be daunting.
But the good news is you don't have to struggle alone. DoNotPay can dispute a and even make the payments on your behalf. The legal chatbot fights corporations and beats bureaucracy with a click of a button, and will help you fight and beat tickets in all states! Read on to learn more.
How Much Does a Parking Ticket Cost in Virginia?
In charges vary from city to city and type of parking violation. On average, tickets cost between $50 and $300.
According to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia's Traffic Infractions and Uniform Fine Schedule, here is a breakdown of parking violation fees:
|Parking too close to a fire apparatus||$20|
|Parking in front of a private driveway or fire hydrant, near a rescue squad building, fire station, or street corner, and too close to an intersection||$20|
|Improper parking division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 material||$100|
|Improper parking and other hazardous materials||$100|
All these charges include a processing fee of $51. Also, the amount accrues once 30 days elapse. For example, this is what you'll pay on top of the original citation in Norfolk:
- 31 days = Original citation + $50
- 91 days = Original citation + $50 + $20
- 115 days = DMV Hold + Original citation + $50 + $20 +$25
- NSF Fees = $35
- Tax Intercept Fees = $25 per year
How to Pay for Your Parking Ticket in Virginia
There are various ways to pay for a Virginia parking ticket, as discussed below. Try to pay the ticket within 30 days from the date issued to avoid hefty fines and penalties.
Pay for Your Virginia Parking Ticket by Phone
You may be able to pre-pay your traffic ticket by phone. All you'll have to do is find your court's number at the back of your ticket, call and pay over the phone.
Pay for Your Virginia Parking Ticket Online
Go online to the online court system and find the court you're to appear before. Use your name or case details to find your case, then click the mark for payment button to make payment.
You'll only be able to make the payment if your ticket is pre-payable and it's before 3:30 PM of the last business day before the court date. Payments can be through echeck or credit card.
Pay for Your Virginia Parking Ticket in Person
Alternatively, you can go down to the court and pay for the ticket. Usually, you won't need an appointment for this, and you can make payment via cash, check, credit/debit card, and money order.
Pay for Your Virginia Parking Ticket by Mail
You can mail payments (including NOL number, license plate number, and vehicle registration) to the court that's named on the top of your ticket. Do this at least 7 days before your court date. Click here to find your general district court address.
Alternatively, call the clerk's office of the relevant court and ask for details like mailing address, reference number, and amount owed.
Note that paying is an admission of guilt. So it is crucial to understand the nature of the charge against you and the potential consequences of the charge.
Can I Contest My Parking Ticket in Virginia?
Yes, you can dispute, contest and appeal your parking ticket in Virginia. If you feel there's a valid reason you shouldn't be responsible for a parking fine, you have a right to fight back. Do so in person, by phone, or by completing a parking citation appeal form within 10 days of the citation.
You can get the forms from the Parking Services Manager. Reach out to the Parking Services Office for operational hours and the hearing officer's location.
Is Contesting a Parking Ticket In Virginia Worth the Hassle?
Yes. Contesting a parking ticket in Virginia vindicates you and may also void or minimize the parking charges. There's no need to pay an expensive fee when you did not violate the traffic laws.
If you find it overwhelming or don't have a lot of free time, DoNotPay can do the heavy lifting.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Dispute a Parking Citation in Virginia?
No. You don't need a lawyer to contest a parking citation. You can do it alone, especially if you're using the DoNotPay app.
How to Contesting a Parking Ticket in Virginia With DoNotPay
All you need to do is:
- Log-in to DoNotPay and find the Parking Tickets product.
- Upload a photo of your parking ticket.
- Provide us with some details on why you believe the parking ticket is a mistake.
- Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf!
- That's it! You'll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.
It's really that simple! Look out for your traffic ticket issuer's response to discover whether you won!
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