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Local Lawyer Doles Out Parking Ticket Advice

Read Tickets Carefully for Grounds to Contest: Beach: MyFoxCHICAGO.com

If The Expired Meter is not enough parking ticket fighting info for you, local attorney Charlie Beach was recently on Fox Chicago’s morning program to dish out some ticket fighting advice.

While he generally has the right idea, some of his information is mildly inaccurate.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Hi Geek,

I recently received a ticket for parking in front of a driveway.

I parked there after it had snowed and the space was unrecognizable as a driveway since it had not been shoveled and at the building line there is a 7 foot chain link fence across the driveway from one building to another.

A few days later I returned to a ticket.

With the snow melted it was a little more clear I was in front of a driveway. At first I was surprised that the car had not been towed but considering the circumstances I now assume the driveway was not in use. Should I try to fight this ticket? Is there a chance for it to get dismissed?



I think you’re in kind of a grey area here Evan.

But, you should definitely fight it.

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Dear Parking Ticket Geek,

On Friday my family & I visited the Shedd aquarium and fed a meter $5 to park until 4:01 p.m.

At 3:45 we made our way out of the aquarium, but as we were walking past the lockers heading out of the accessible exit, my 2 year old grabbed a door and shook it – and got her thumb pinched between the doors. She instantly shrieked and a blood blister appeared on her thumb. We sat, calmed, consoled, and bandaged as quickly as was humanly possible.

We grabbed our stuff and walked as briskly as you can lugging a 2 year old and a 5 month old, and just as we rounded the odd fountain with the man holding a fish, we could see flashing lights, and my watch read 4:01.

By the time we hit the crosswalk we could see him at our car, and when we reached our car at 4:04 we had a ticket that read 4:03. BAH.

I know since it’s a meter we don’t fall under the 5 minute grace period, but is it worth pleading our sob story? We’ve NEVER had a parking ticket.


Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Dear Geek,

Last night when going out with my girlfriend we left her car parked and fed the parking meter but we overstayed for 6 mins (paid until 8:48pm, ticketed at 8:54….9:00 p.m the time you don’t have to feed a meter anymore on that area).

She got a $50.00 ticket and she was really upset, we read the 5-minute grace period note at the bottom of the ticket but we are thinking that it will not apply (as it was a 6 min overstay).

1) Do we call the 312 number listed on the ticket and try to negotiate with whoever answers for a 6 minutes grace instead of 5?

2) Do we pay it :( ?

3) Do we not pay it and see what happens? She never gets tickets but I’m a bit hesitant recommending her not to pay it as I’ve heard horror stories about the yellow boot in the city. Do you think that she can get a yellow-boot if she does not pay this ticket?

4) Do we contest it? (the ticket was issued correctly so I’m not sure if we have a shot)

Thanks for your response Geek,


Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Hello Parking Geek,

I really annoyed by a parking ticket that I just received, it is for violation 9-64-110 (g) Park in Underpass.

So I have three questions:
1) Why is it illegal to park in underpass?
2) Why is this violation valued at a $75 fine?
3) Do I have a chance to contest it?

I am a diligent driver and parker and always look for parking signs. I avoided parking in the yellow curb area and I was far away from the hydrant. There were no signs posted anywhere regarding no parking or tow away.

So, after checking the area I thought it was a legal place to park.

I was not aware that this type of violation existed. I took pictures to show that there were no signs posted. Do I have a chance to fight this, and if so will I have a chance to win if I do it by mail? I can’t believe this is a $75 fine, way too much in my opinion!

Please advise.

Thank you,

Pissed off for Parking in Underpass

Ugh. I think you’re screwed here POFPIU.

Ask the Parking Ticket Geek

Hello Geek,

I let a friend borrow my car and he got a parking ticket.

I have gotten several letters about it saying it needs to be paid and I give them to him. After the last one he claimed he paid it and then left town. Now I just got another letter saying it isn’t paid and it will be going to collections.

My questions is if I contact the city and give them this license information (which I have) will they transfer it to him?

I am wondering this because if he had gotten a ticket while driving it would be under his name not not mine. Do I have any hope of this or am I going to have to eat the cost of this and use it as a valuable lesson in friendship?

Always Delivery

Dear Always,

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Hi Geek,

I got a ticket for not displaying my city sticker.

Here is the deal – we recently bought a house in Aurora and are in the process of moving out of our Chicago apartment. Our closing date was August 2nd so I obviously was not going to buy a sticker.

The closing date has been moved to August 11th – but I still was not going to buy a sticker for that many days! Anything I can do to get out of this???



You need to really move your butt on this one Amy.

Immediately change the registration on your vehicle to your new, non-Chicago address with the Illinois Secretary of State. ASAP!!! Move it!

Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Hi 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?


Ask The Parking Ticket Geek

Hi Ticket Geek,

The ticket says I was given the ticket 7 minutes before the posted sign says it is no longer necessary to feed the meter.

I can’t believe a meter maid is prowling around looking for expired meter even 1/2 hour before her job is up. Is there any argument that I can use to fight this ticket, even though I know I technically am at fault?

I actually fed the meter with what change I had – and knew I was OK up until 10 minutes before the time posted.

The stupid ticket is $50!


Angry in Andersonville

Dear Angry,

‘Can Police Mail Tickets?’ Local Magazine Answers

Time Out Chicago, a weekly mag where local scenesters normally find the bleeding edge, painfully hip, bars, restaurants, clubs and other hot spots in the city, weighs in with some parking ticket wisdom this past issue.

In their weekly column, “Around Town–What’s up with that?” some dude named Matt wants to know if it’s legit when a parking violation is received by mail, but never received the original ticket on his car. “Can police just send tickets in the mail without warning?,” asks Matt.

Regular readers to The Expired Meter know the answer and that is…of course they can. That’s why the city sends out violation notices after the initial ticket.

The magazine, talks to police spokesperson Anne Dwyer, who explains that sometimes tickets will blow off in the wind, and that’ why the city also sends a violation notice in the mail.