Last Updated on April 9, 2015 by Lawrence Berezin
Beating NYC parking tickets requires presenting the proper evidence, properly
A Bronx lady was issued a bike lane parking ticket, fought it online and lost. The sad truth was that the bike lane really didn’t exist. The Bronx lady wrote that fact in her defense summary, but didn’t include any proof.
“I didn’t think I had to because there’s no bike lane on Hone Avenue,” she reasoned. Bad reasoning.
It is incumbent on we, the driving public of NYC, to prove our defense. Saying it ain’t so, isn’t enough, as our Bronx lady learned the hard way ($115).
Here are some secrets to beating NYC parking tickets by submitting evidence that compels a parking ticket judge to dismiss your parking ticket.
How to prepare winning exhibits
1. Tell a story. I prepare my evidence before I write our defense certification because the exhibits present a roadmap for the case. For example, we recently assassinated a parking ticket issued to our client while shopping at Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn. The good news was that upon review, the warrior entered a place of occurrence that did not exist, i.e. 153 Court Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Our challenge was to prepare a series of exhibits telling a persuasive story compelling a judge to dismiss the parking ticket.
2. Present an overview of the “parking crime scene.” Always tell your story from big to small. By that I mean, show the judge the entire neighborhood first before showing a specific location. Don’t start with a tunnel vision view of the parking space where the parking ticket was issued. Show the judge the “big picture.”
3. Use the same tools a judge uses. Rest assured when you assert that a place of occurrence doesn’t exist, a parking ticket judge will check the NYC Property Map to verify your story. Why not beat the judge to the punchline and prepare an exhibit showing the results of a NYC Property Map search? You want to be the first to tell a story, and present it in the most favorable light for you or your client, right?
4. Use captions to bolster your defense. Learning (and the art of persuasion) requires relentless repetition. Our defense to our client’s parking ticket was that the place of occurrence didn’t exist. The place of occurrence didn’t exist, the place of occurrence didn’t exist, the place of occurrence didn’t exist. Count the number of times we repeated this theme, either verbatim or by suggestion. Remember, if the place of occurrence didn’t exist, you must dismiss (sound familiar?).
5. Make it easy for the judge to dismiss the parking ticket. Place all of your compelling evidence right on the judge’s computer screen.
- Don’t ask him to call you if she has any questions.
- Don’t expect a judge to present your case for you by “searching to find out whether a bike lane exists.” That’s our job
- Don’t show the judge pictures without captions. Tell your story with pictures and words. Pictures with captions have been shown to be significantly more persuasive than pictures without words
Plan ahead. Don’t sit down during your one-half hour lunch break at work and throw together your defense to a NYC parking ticket. It’s not going to have a happy ending.
When I fight a parking ticket for our clients, I:
- Clear my desk
- Take out a blank sheet of paper to jot down notes
- Review all my correspondence with our client
- Look at the parking ticket again
- Formulate a strategy. Plan out my evidence “storyboard”
- Use Keynote to prepare exhibits so I can add captions and symbols, etc.
- Save each exhibit as an image
- Reduce the size of each image file (using JPEGmini Lite)
- Prepare our defense certification
- Fight the parking ticket online
- I use Evernote to write the defense certification
- Copy and paste the defense certification in the proper space
- Make sure it’s properly formatted with plenty of white space
- Upload my exhibits
- After uploading all our exhibits, I view each exhibit to make sure it was uploaded properly
- Submit our defense
- Make a screen grab of the evidence upload confirmation…just in case
- Wait about 10 days for the good news…
Not guilty, ticket dismissed.