Ask The Parking Ticket Geek
Do you know anything about this law firm that collects money for the City of Chicago, Arnold Scott Harris?
I was garnished after I got on a payment plan and they claimed it was a “system” error. I am embarrassed at my job now and could scream! I can never get through to them and when I do, different people tell me different things, they always contradict themselves that is assuming I can understand what they say, some of them can barely speak good English.
Is this place legit?
I feel your frustration Mike.
Arnold Scott Harris is considered a legitimate collections firm, and has a contract with the city.
But much like any collections firm, people don’t like them due to the nature of what they do–try to pry money from the wallets of people who can’t pay or don’t want to pay.
In the case of Arnold Scott Harris, they’re not even collecting for something you actually enjoyed or something useful like a “Girls Gone Wild” DVD collection, but for parking tickets, which makes people hate them even more than a normal collections firm.
I would suggest taking a trip to their offices and talking to someone in person instead of wading through voice mail hell or their phone system maze.
If you have the paperwork proving you had setup a payment plan with Arnold Scott Harris and have made your payments on time, ultimately you should be able to get them to back off the garnishment and restore you to the payment plan you set up.
However, if you failed to make proper payments according to the terms of your payment plan, it would not be out of the realm of possibility that your wages would have been garnished.
You may need to get an attorney involved to clear up this situation, but that costs money as well. If you are up to it, you may try filing a motion in court to have the garnishment dismissed on your own.
I just want to ask questions regarding the ticket I got in NJ.
I am originally in VA, my family rented a van for the weekend to go to NJ. I got a ticket for an expired parking meter, I have no problem in paying it but I lost my ticket and I don’t know the tag number of the van.
Can the rental company (Budget) just pay for it and take it out of my credit card?
Normal policy is for a car rental company to just pay the ticket and charge your credit card for the amount they paid Cheryl.
You might want to contact the rental company and give them a heads up as a courtesy.
I believe they will appreciate the gesture and make sure the ticket fine doesn’t increase before they pay it.
I recently received a parking ticket for $50 for an expired meter. Is there a way to get the ticket thrown out, or the fine reduced?
If the ticket was legit Jaylyn, then the answer is no.
The city doesn’t just throw tickets out or reduce the fine for a violation.
I mean, you could trying donning a pair of tight fitting jeans and heels, slapping on some bright red lipstick and bat your eyes at the hearing officer or Department of Revenue cashier while asking for toss the ticket or have the fine reduced and see what happens.
But I don’t think even that will work.
On Wells street between Schiller and North Avenue there are numerous small businesses with very little available on street meter parking.
Over the 20 years that I have lived in the neighborhood, there are almost always vehicles double parked in front of a business they wish to use for a short period, and have never been ticketed.
Also, by double parking you end up in a bike lane.
I double parked in front of a store to run in for an ice cream cone. This is a location where folks have consistently double parked without tickets. Once there was a police car double parked there, they were having lunch; I double parked behind them and they didn’t say a word other than nod hello.
So suddenly with the new “meter maids”, I get two tickets; double parking and in a bike lane. I have about 20 photos taken on different days in the same block showing this is a regular event in this block.
Are defenses like selective prosecution, or waiver or estoppel applicable here?
From what you’re telling me Ron, you were actually doing what the tickets were issued for–double parking and parked in the bike lane.
And, while many drivers are doing the same thing you were ticketed for, it’s never a defense to say “other people were doing it too.”
Isn’t this the type of excuse kids use?
Back in 1973 when I told my parents my neighbor Kevin was throwing rocks at cars as the excuse for why I was throwing rocks at cars, my Mom pulled out some bright orange plastic Hot Wheels tracks, pulled down my pants and gave my butt what for. Ouch.
The “ice cream” defense carries no weight either. Selective prosecution, estoppel what? Huh?
I think the city is trying to send a message to drivers on Wells Street to not double park anymore. Maybe drivers will get the bright orange hints.
You could try fighting the bike lane ticket by saying you were double parked and were ticketed for that first. But no guarantee on that defense.
I think it might be wise to just pay the tickets before they double.
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