Last Updated on October 27, 2022 by Lawrence Berezin
Larry says, “A driver can’t obey a hidden parking sign.”
Here is a story that stars the hidden parking sign defense and has a happy ending. In other words, we fought an NYC parking ticket for our client, raised the hidden parking sign defense, and beat the evil ticket.
Betty drove to Brooklyn from New Jersey to spend time with her family. It was a sleepover.
The next day Betty drove her granddaughter to school. She parked her car in a vacant parking space, walked the entire block to make sure she parked legally, read every parking sign on the street, and walked her granddaughter into school.
Betty paid her respects to the teacher, remained with her granddaughter for about 5 minutes, and returned to her car.
The orange invitation to an NYC fundraiser
However, when Betty reached her car, an orange envelope peeked out from under her windshield wiper. She got a parking ticket for violating Code 20 for disobeying a no-parking sign.
Our client looked high and low for a parking sign regulating her space that prohibited parking. But she couldn’t find any such parking sign. Subsequently, she drove back to her son’s house and returned to the scene of the “no parking crime” with him.
After searching for a few minutes, Betty’s son noticed a parking sign hidden behind a bunch of tree branches. It was almost impossible to see.
When you’re right-FIGHT
“I did not deserve this parking ticket. How can I obey a parking sign I can’t see?” Said Betty. She communicated with us and explained her story. We suggested she photograph the hidden sign and email it to us, which she did.
After looking at the photograph, we recommended fighting the NYC parking ticket. Betty agreed.
How to prepare the hidden parking Sign Defense
The Evil Empire requires that you submit overlapping photographs of the entire block. Including the front and back of all parking signs.
That means when you contest a parking ticket because of the existence or non-existence of a parking sign, you must present overlapping photographs of the entire block, with the front and back (where necessary) of every parking sign to beat your NYC parking ticket.
Larry’s comment: In most cases, you can prove your defense without submitting overlapping photos of all the parking signs on the block.
Here are the photographs we submitted to beat Betty’s parking ticket for a violation of Code 20
To beat an NYC parking ticket, you must present the proper proof properly. However, in some cases, it isn’t sufficient to submit a photograph of the sign you are disputing. You must submit overlapping photos of the entire block, with images of every parking sign on both sides.
A hidden sign defense is one where you’ll need overlapping pictures of all the signs (front and back).
There are required elements that a Warrior or Cop must enter correctly for every parking violation. But, you must know the necessary details for the violation you are fighting. And then find one or more that were misdescribed, omitted, or illegible. That is the best way to win. For example, the place of occurrence is a required element for a “location” violation (ex., no parking). But not for a “status” violation (ex., expired registration).
In other cases, you need facts on your side. For example, if you stopped temporarily in a no-standing zone, you can beat the ticket. But, you need to prove that you were dropping off your Aunt Tillie at the curb and left the area immediately.
The 5 minute grace period has been around for a long time now. But are you sure you’re applying the defense correctly and in all circumstances?
You may wish to check out Larry’s Grace Period Guide to be sure. Click the pretty, red, button.