You may not need a superstar lawyer to beat your next parking ticket. something as simple as wrong or missing information on your parking ticket can be the easiest way to dodge paying parking ticket fines and wasted time at the city finance center. Next time you get a parking ticket pay attention to the information that’s listed on it and keep these 3 errors in mind as you review it:
1. The ticket is not legible
With typing and texting becoming more prevalent in our daily lives, the art of handwriting is unfortunately fading away. On the bright-side, bad or illegible handwriting on your parking ticket can be a saving grace and invalidate the parking ticket you received!
2. The vehicle information/ physical description is wrong
Traffic officers must record the right information down on the parking ticket they issue. Details such as the vehicle color, body type, manufacturer, plate type (do you have normal or vanity plates?) must be correctly noted. Be sure to verify that your license plate number as well as the state of your registration was listed correctly (if at all) on your ticket. If you see any inconsistencies or flat out missing information about your vehicle on your ticket, you may be able to walk away scot-free!
3.The information about the time and place ticket was issued is wrong.
Make sure that the information about where and when you got your parking ticket is accurate. Did the issuing officer not specify whether you were parked in ‘Front of’ or ‘Opposite’ the address in question? Did the officer issue the ticket in the wrong county? (You got a ticket in the Bronx but the ticket claims it was issued in Brooklyn) Are the days/times of a regulation in effect incorrectly or simply not specified at all on your ticket? Did the issuing officer claim the ticket was given at 8:30 pm when in fact it was issued at 8:30 am? Or is the date the officer noted on your ticket wrong or not even specified? If you answer yes to any of these questions, your parking ticket is likely to be invalid.