Last Updated on October 29, 2017 by Lawrence Berezin
The NYC parking fine story
Joe purchased “Larry’s Advice” seeking my help fighting his NYC parking ticket, and told me the following tale. Joe resides in Monroe, New York. He was invited to his nephew’s wedding on Monday, January 23, 2012. The joyous festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. After finishing some business in NYC, Joe set out for his nephew’s wedding in Brooklyn.
Joe was driving his car on Cortland Street in Manhattan, and executed a perfect turn onto Dey Street. However, Joe failed to realize that Dey Street was a one-way street in the opposite direction. Oh boy…
Should Joe fight the ticket or pay the parking fine?
An NYC parking ticket warrior gets creative
The good news for Joe was he made it safely to the end of Courtland Street and was about to make a turn onto Broadway. The bad news is a parking ticket warrior was posted at the corner. Oh boy…
We all know a parking ticket warrior is not empowered to issue a traffic ticket, so this warrior got creative…She issued an NYC parking ticket for parking in the wrong direction on a one-way street. Here’s the rule:
“VC 61(m)(1): (m) Additional parking rules.
(1) Wrong-way parking prohibited. Except where angle parking is authorized, every vehicle stopped, standing, or parked partly upon a roadway shall be so stopped, standing or parked parallel to the curb or edge of the roadway. On a one-way roadway such vehicle shall be facing in the direction of authorized traffic movement; on a two-way roadway such vehicle shall be facing in the direction of authorized traffic movement on that portion of the roadway on which the vehicle rests.”
When you’re right-Fight.
Should I recommend Joe fight his NYC parking ticket or apply for a reduced fine while they last? (settlement program ends on January 31, 2012). Or, is Joe lucky to get a parking ticket, not a traffic ticket with points? Should I advise Joe to apply for a fine reduction?
Would your opinion change if there was no parking fine reduction offered for this parking violation?
What advice can you offer me to help Joe fight his parking ticket and present the proper proof persuasively to a parking ticket judge?
Please share your wonderful thoughts and helpful advice in the comment section below.
If Joe was issued a traffic ticket instead of a parking ticket, I would have referred Joe to my terrific colleague, Matthew Weiss, Esquire. Matt has devoted 20 years of his legal life to making traffic tickets easy for his clients. Simply click on the image below to find out more about Matt.
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