Parking Ticket with no Court Date. Should I Pay?

Discussion in 'Help, I Got A Ticket!' started by RobinAlbany, Nov 6, 2018.

What should I do about this parking ticket with no court date?

  1. Yes, pay the stupid $25 tax and move on with my life

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  2. No, respond by mail telling them the ticket is invalid

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  3. No, ignore it

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  1. RobinAlbany

    RobinAlbany PSL +5 Intermediate User

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    Got this nice parking ticket visiting Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY. Nice artwork but it was extremely congested getting in. People parked along the road. I didn't see any no parking signs and we were well within the white line so I figured no problem. Nope. I got a ticket for "parked on highway". I told the LEO this is a road not a highway. He responded "anything with pavement is a highway"

    Anyways, it's only $25 (no surcharge? whatever those are for). I found it odd there is no Court Date. If you read the ticket it says to respond by the Court Date, so now there is no due date? It's not worth the 1.5hr drive to go fight. What do you think?

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    How much is your time (and/or principal?) worth to you? You could try checking the box and pleading your case and trying to have it thrown out on the technicality that he forgot to write in a court date. If you ignore it, it won't go away. You could hire an attorney to do it for you, reclaiming a small bit of the extra time you'd put into fighting it, and of course that would cost a lot more. Your call.
     
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    For $25 I would just pay it. I'm assuming the 1.5 hours is there and back, not just one way. Fuel at $3/G would cost you about the same as the ticket, plus your 'wasted time'. If they did not toss it out then you would be in the hole further with having to pay the ticket. Somethings are just not worth fighting.
     
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    Parking is a unique item in the world of civil traffic. It truly varies by agency on these as far as enforcement post issuance. I know here locally we have one municipality that has the smallest footprint in our county, but issues the most infractions (beach front property). That being said I know some agencies refer outstanding balances to collections (remember this if you ever visit Clearwater, FL), and others just fall off the radar when they go past a certain time frame (90 days plus). How often do you visit the area?

    I would say if your driving a BMW you should just pay and move on...
     
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    I think that's the wrong approach to take with this. If you let them get away with it, if everyone lets them get away with it, then they'll pull this crap on people again and again and again. I don't care how much it costs to fight tickets, I always fight them, even if they're just parking tickets and do not carry any points and do not go on my driving record. I took a day off work and flew down to San Diego to argue a case in the superior court, and I recovered the $35 I paid in fines plus $25 in court costs. Total cost was the plane ticket (around $200), a rental car (around $25), plus a day of PTO ($300-600 range). I don't really care though, the important thing is that the thieves in the parking enforcement office at UCSD did *not* get my money. Southwest Airlines got a bit of it, and a rental car company got some more, but those two organizations didn't screw me over.
     
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    Heard nice things about the outdoor sculptures in Storm King. Was going to go up there this past weekend to do the hike (not at the art center) but decided to stay east of the Hudson.

    I'd say just pay the parking ticket. Won't do any damage on your license.
     
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    This I agree with on its face. At a minimum I would like to see the city earn the $25 fine. You may not need to actually have to travel to represent your case but I would like to think I would plead not guilty and begin the process.

    Conversely, while out of country, I paid the fine without contesting. In that case I didn't want anything standing in the way of going home to see my family.

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    No, it's 1.5hrs each way. Definitely not worth the time going back lol and they probably know that
     
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    I can see your point and commend your follow through! If someone was 'local' and in the 'right' I would say fight it, but I just see the time/money spend better elsewhere in this situation. My wife got a $50 parking ticket this summer, I laughed. She violated the rules and got 'busted' for it. I dropped a check in the mail and went on with my day. Sometimes we have to accept the consequences of our actions.
     
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    They should change the city name to cornhole... seriously put Plymouth on the ticket as an option? I've seen like 2 of those in the past week... meanwhile how many BMWs, 50? 100? What kind of out of touch department are those geezers running?
     
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    Hahaha you are right. I totally missed the part about Plymoth. Just goes to show how outdated and out of touch some government's can be
     
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    If you don’t pay it they will put a hold on the tag plus hunt the owner down whether it is you are not and put a suspension on the vehicle owners DL. They will get their pound of flesh.

    So it is your choice, write a check for $25 and put a stamp on an envelope OR pay hundreds of dollars clearing a DL suspension plus STILL have to pay the $25 ticket.

    Is it really that hard of a decision?
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    It was awesome! Long walk too, but I like that. It was great weather for it Sunday. But I don't know if I can recommend the parking situation.
     
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    I got a parking ticket not too long ago - was on a sat or sun I don’t remember but yes was still enforceable. I was the ‘only car parked on the street’ ran in to a store and even put the coin in. Came out and the $8 ticket said I wasn’t in between the lines completely....

    I paid the $8 but debated calling or doing something as I’m thinking what jackleg actually stopped and was paid whatever they make to write this moronic ticket.
     
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    I believe OP's parking ticket could qualify as "technically defective" if local parking code requirements are the same as in New York City.

    Several years ago I got a parking ticket in NYC and went to court to fight it. At a booth near court entrance a clerk usually offers discounted fine if you agree not to see the judge. This clerk immediately dismissed my ticket as technically defective. When I asked for explanation of her action she replied that if vehicle's plate type (passenger/commercial/etc) box is not checked the summons is technically defective in NYC.
     
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    OP, Did you take a picture after noting the ticket? If so you might have grounds to fight the ticket. If not, I'd pay the $25 and be done with it. Life is too short!
     
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    If you fight, cop’s copy of ticket will be correct and they will allege you modified your copy. Expert witness for $$$ will prove you’re right at which point you will have lost $2000 to save $25.
     
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    I had the same thing happen with a NYC ticket! They put down my registration expiration date as NA when my sticker was clearly visible.Don't know if these small town cops will go for it. And I don't feel like driving 3hr round trip for $25 so I'm just going to pay.
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    After noting the ticket? I assume you mean right after I got the car? No, I didn't notice it until about 30 minutes after leaving. And didn't take the picture until the next day.
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    The cop's copy of the ticket would be correct if I knew which day to show up! lol if you read the ticket technically there isn't a date I have to respond by.
     
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    Back in May, I flew back from China because I had to show up in small claims court. I was the plaintiff and I had scheduled the case, and then afterwards, it turned out to be a good time to take a trip to China the same month. So my trip there got broken into two trips, with a trip back home in the middle, to show up to argue my case. My wife stayed in China the entire time and did things with her family while I was gone. I told the defendants that I'd settle with them for 80% of the amount I originally asked for, and they refused. I ended up winning that case with the Judge ordering them to pay 100% of the amount I asked for.

    Anyway, with modern technology, it's pretty much possible to travel anywhere in 2-3 days. There are a few far flung corners of the world that are exceptions, with some areas taking weeks to reach, but anywhere you could possibly need to show up in court (somewhere there's a city) is pretty much reachable within 2-3 days.
     

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