Last Updated on August 6, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
“Place of Occurrence” is NYC parking ticket gold
Misdescribed place of occurrence. I am a giant fan of Western movies. Do you remember the scenes when the good guy’s pan for gold and the bad guys steal the rights to the land or kill ‘em for those little gold nuggets? Here is some NYC parking ticket gold. Do you have the gumption to fight the bad guys for your dismissal?
Let me run some parking ticket numbers by you. 10M NYC parking tickets were issued last year. We find about 10% of the handwritten tickets have omitted, misdescribed, or illegible required elements. Let’s say there were, conservatively speaking, 3M handwritten tickets issued last year. This means 300,000 parking tickets are eligible for dismissal upon application. There is gold in them darn handwritten tickets.
What about the remaining 7M digital, scanned dismissal-proof NYC parking tickets?
We find gold in approximately 1-3% of the remaining scanned parking tickets. What is 3% of 7M? According to a very older man’s abacus, that is 210,000 parking tickets with mistakes. If I were panning for gold, I’d go right to the “Place of Occurrence.”
We get many, many telephone calls from members of the NYC driving public. Here’s how the conversation generally goes:
- Larry B: Is your parking ticket hand-written or scanned?
- NYCDP: Scanned
- Larry B: Have you checked for mistakes on the front of your parking ticket?
- NYCDP: No, it is a scanned ticket. You know, computerized, mistake-proof, perfect, incontestable
- Larry B: Have you checked the “Place of occurrence?”
- NYCDP: Well no
- Larry B: Humor an old man
- NYCDP: Sure… Hey, the place of occurrence is wrong!
This happens all the time. The parking ticket warrior forgets to insert in front of or the opposite. You win. Oops. The warrior completely blew the address. You win. Oh, the warrior inserted the old corner of (C/O)….No can do. You win. How about the old treasure hunt place of occurrence, E/S of 7th Avenue 30 feet south of the north side of the left-hand corner of….Get out of jail for free!
Here is a bonus secret (6 secrets for the price of 5). Use the interactive map found on our website and the DOT parking regulation map (red button on the resources web page). Or, use Google Maps with street view to look at the place of occurrence (remember Google Map images are not up-to-date).
What’s the value of dismissal of your parking ticket? PRICELESS! Always, every time, without fail, pan for “Place of Occurrence” parking ticket gold.
Would you please share your parking ticket dismissal experiences? When you’re right–FIGHT! How else will we win the hearts and minds of the NYC driving public?
You may wish to check the Evil Empire’s list of required elements.
A defective place of occurrence is one of my favorite defenses to an unjust NYC parking ticket. In the same vein, I always check on every description that is entered in the “metes and bounds” format. For example, if you see, “N/S of Park Avenue, 15 feet south of ________ Street, it is wrong because if the sides of the first roadway entered are North or South, then the second street must be East or West. Ticket dismissed!
Likewise, if the sides of the first roadway are described as Northside (“N/S”) or Southside (“S/S”), but the roadway really goes North and South, the sides of the roadway must be correctly described as East and West or you win.
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