Ask The Parking Ticket Geek
I recently received and paid a $50 fine for overstaying a Chicago meter.
That $25 box of chocolates I bought for my date, actually cost me $75 big ones! Ouch!
And not even a kiss! But I digress.
When on-line I noticed a now 13-year old ticket for “rush hour parking” issued to my plates (I think that was my tag back then but sometimes I have trouble remembering last week!) but the car listed as a Buick.
I honestly have never owned a Buick. This citation shows up under my Illinois drivers license search of the Chicago ticket database so it seems forever attached to me.
What ‘s your advice for resolving this after all these years. Apparently I am too late by 12 yrs and 8 months to appeal?
Dear Mr. KSP-
A $75 box of chocolates huh? Ouch is right!
And not even a kiss? Double ouch!!
First, if you keep your nose clean and don’t allow yourself to have one more ticket over a year old, you will never become boot eligible. So, as long as you do that, don’t feel a rush to pay this potentially erroneous ticket.
This is a long shot, but I would first try contacting the DOR by phone or in person to try to resolve this.
See if you can present evidence that you never had a Buick.
You might want to try contacting the Secretary of State to see if you can get historical data on the vehicles you’ve owned over the years. You may have to file a freedom of information request.
But if you can prove you didn’t own a Buick, you might be able to convince them the ticket should not be attached to your record.
Like I said, your chances of success are low, as the DOR will normally remain unmoved, even when presented with overwhelming facts and evidence to the contrary.
But it’s worth a shot.
Good luck with your ticket and good luck next time you got out on a date.
I got a ticket for not having a city sticker on 4/19/10.
I know there is a grace period of 30 days for people moving to Chicago.
I changed my vehicle registration to the new address in Chicago on 4/4/10 and I have the registration identification card showing this date and the new address. I also have the old vehicle registration card with my old address in Oak Park and a lease agreement showing my start date at my new address as of April 16 2010. I bought the city sticker on 05/04/10.
Do you think I can contest this ticket?
Thanks for your help,
Do I think you should contest this ticket?!?
No, wait, let me be clear.
Because you bought your city sticker within 30 days of moving to the city you are completely off the hook.
Plus, you have a buttload of corroborating documentation. You’re set Claudia.
Just bring all your documentation to your hearing or make copies of all your documentation and send them with your contest letter.
PLEASE! I beg you. Fight this ticket and save yourself the $120 bucks.
I recently got a $50 parking ticket for parking in a 2-Hour parking zone (for more than 2 hours).
I heard from some people that if I contested it I could possibly get the ticket price lowered. Long story short, I have a hearing in 2 weeks and I was hoping you might have some ideas on what I could say to the judge to convince him to lower the cost or possibly even drop the ticket all together.
Reduce your fine?
Dude, how long you lived in Chicago? And who are these goofs giving you this erroneous info?
There’s no way in hell, if your ticket is upheld, that the hearing officer will reduce the fine. It may be legally impossible.
Even if it was legally possible, there’s no way any City of Chicago employee is going to reduce a fine–unless Mayor Daley orders them to do it.
The only fine “reduction” the hearing officer can help you with is if you have evidence to prove the parking ticket should be dismissed. Then, the fine is reduced to $0.
Work on building a case to fight your ticket effectively. That’s the best way not have to pay your tickets and reduce your fines to zero.
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