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Old 02-18-2011, 03:04 PM
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I was hoping that someone could help me out with a parking ticket situation my cousin is currently having.

Today, he got a parking in the ticket for double parking at 436 N. State Street on February 1st. However, my cousin doesn't live in the city (he lives in the suburbs), and was not in the city on that day. He rarely goes into the city, so has no idea how this could have happened. He called the phone number for the City of Chicago parking authority, and they told him that his car was there, that they wrote down his license plate number, and mailed a ticket.

So now he has to go to court and detest the parking ticket. Has anyone had any experience regarding this situation? I feel like in this situation, it is basically his word against whoever wrote the ticket, and he will end up owing the city money.

Just another reason why I love the city of Chicago....
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:13 PM
Location: Chicago
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Well, it basically is his word against the city unless he has convincing evidence that his car was somewhere else at the time. The best shot he'll have at winning is if the car's make and model on the ticket is something completely different from what he drives. Furthermore, if it was issued by a revenue agent rather than a police officer, there should be photographic evidence of the violation -- have him look for information somewhere on the ticket or accompanying paperwork regarding where to retrieve the photo online. And his chances of winning increase substantially if he contests it in person rather than by mail. As for detesting the ticket.... well, he's perfectly welcome to do that at his own leisure. He sure doesn't need to go to court to do that.
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:12 PM
Location: Chicago
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If he has proof that he was not in the city at the time listed, on the day listed , it should be easy to win by contesting (in person of course.)
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:05 PM
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I guess sometimes cities try to cheat people with fake tickets, even though they have photos. I got a ticket from a rented car in Houston for going past a toll booth when that tollway wasn't even on my path home! I contested it through the rental car agency and never paid the ticket.
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:48 AM
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Why they haven't incorporated a camera with a date/time stamp on the ticket is beyond me. Require two photos.. one from the back with the plate #, one from the side showing the meter expiration. Tickets are uploaded to a database that a officer on the phone can review and have authority to make a decision on whether its bogus or not. The officer could say its bogus and cancel it or tell you your pretty much screwed and assign you over to court if you want to fight it.

It's hard for either side to argue when there's visual evidence to the contrary.
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