A parking rule is a required element. A wonderful friend of ours was issued a parking ticket for no parking. The Warrior claimed that violating a sign such as the above 2-hour metered parking sign was considered a no parking violation, 4-08(d).
I disagreed and recommended we fight the no parking ticket.
Did we win?
No Parking Rule versus Time Limits Rule
Yes, we won!
The parking rule that regulated our hero’s space was a “Time Limits” rule (above right) and not a “No Parking rule (above left).”
Here’s the “Time Limits” rule:
(6) Time limits. Where signs are erected specifying time limits on standing or parking, no person shall stand or park any vehicle in excess of the time so prescribed.
A time limits rule sets the maximum number of hours a driver can park in an area regulated by a time limits sign. For example, if the maximum time limit is 2-hours then you can’t leave your car in the same space for more than 2-hours without moving it.
Our hero may have parked for more than the maximum time on the sign (2-hours) but the Warrior misdescribed a required element. He got the parking rule wrong and the ticket was dismissed.
You still gotta present the proper proof, properly to beat the ticket
Here is my Defense certification:
Dear Honorable Judge,
I hereby certify as follows:
I am not guilty of this parking violation because:
-The Rule was misdescribed
The place of occurrence, front of 260 Christopher Lane in Staten Island, was not regulated by a no-parking rule, R.4-08(d). Instead, It was regulated by a 2-Hour Parking Limits Rule, R.4-08(m)(6).
I have submitted a series of exhibits in support of my defense.
Due to these circumstances, please dismiss this parking ticket.
-I hereby certify that my testimony is the truth to the best of my knowledge. I fully understand that if my testimony is willfully false, I am subject to punishment
-I certify that the images contained in my exhibits are true and accurate reproductions of the originals as they existed on the date this parking ticket was issued
Winning defenses are where you find them. But, the best place to look is the required elements entered on the front of the ticket. If you find an omitted, misdescribed, or illegible required element, you win, subject to presenting the proper proof, properly.
It may require a little time, energy, and research to find your get out of jail free defense. But, when you receive your “Not Guilty” verdict, it will be worth it.
For example, always make sure the place of occurrence was described correctly. If the place of occurrence entered on the parking ticket was not regulated by the parking rule you were charged with on the ticket, you win.
In this case, the Parking Ticket Warrior misinterpreted the rule displayed on the parking sign. He thought it was simply a no-parking rule violation. Ticket dismissed!