Getting a parking ticket sucks.
On the back of the parking ticket there is usually an address where you can request a hearing by mail. If you send in a letter explaining the circumstances of the ticket, you will get back a letter that gives you two options. Either pay a reduced fine or wait for an Administrative Law Judge to review the ticket.
The reduced fine is roughly a 33% savings off the initial price of the ticket. If you get a couple tickets a year this can be a substantial savings.
I once received a ticket that I was sure I would get dismissed, but they found an error on something and I had to pay the full fine. Unless you are absolutely sure you have a rock solid story, pay the reduced fine because after they review it you can’t request the reduced fine. I keep a standard letter that I use every time, so it is easy to request a hearing by mail and get the reduced fine.
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