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Old 12-26-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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Hey,

I was hoping someone could help me with my problem. I received a letter in June for an unpaid dc parking ticket, and an amount due of $100. The notice had a different car listed on it, but had my license plate number. The problem is that I was never in dc on the day/time that this happened, and therefore never got the parking ticket. My car was not there either. I don't even live in dc.

When I called the dc adjudication office to say that this was an error, they told me to send in a letter stating the circumstances. 6mos later I received a letter from a hearing examiner stating that I was liable for the fine, and that i would have to pay $60 to appeal that decision. This is so unbelievable to me. How can I be liable for something I didn't do? The ticket itself is in error (based on what's in their system). The rep @ the dc adjudication office didn't even inform me that I was waiving my right to an in-person hearing when I sent them the letter informing them of their error!

If anyone has advice on what I should do next, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!!
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:44 PM
 
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Also, to be clearer, when I sent them the letter I did include my registration (that lists my actual car on it) as evidence. The hearing examiner still found me liable.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:44 PM
 
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Call the local media and report it. They love stories that make DC gov't look bad, especially when it comes to tickets.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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Double check your registration. I had a problem a few years ago where the tags on my car were one digit off from the registration. The clerk had pulled the wrong set of tags and it took 3 years and a series of parking tickets to discover the error. I resolved it by appearing in person at the traffic adjudication court. They voided the tickets and I got new tags.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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A lot of people with legitimate reasons to protest a ticket lose in the adjudication-by-mail process. I've been ticketed for blocking a building entrance when I was parked at a working meter, which I had fed. That's just the most egregious example I can come up with; I've had several other tickets that were nonsense.

Technically speaking, your license plate could have been transferred from one car to another. The hearing examiner is probably trying to protect against such a case. It stinks and it's unfair. However, you may end up paying more money to fight the ticket. Pay it and make it go away. If you still feel wronged, then blog about it, write the City Council, or submit the story to the local news. I love living in DC, but I will freely admit that we're openly hostile toward those who park and drive here. Also, it seems that you're guilty until proven innocent when it comes to parking violations.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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I got a parking ticket with the incorrect license plate number on my car. The description of the car is accurate, (no vin # though), but not the plates. It was off one digit. Is this ticket now invalid?
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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Hey,

I was hoping someone could help me with my problem. I received a letter in June for an unpaid dc parking ticket, and an amount due of $100. The notice had a different car listed on it, but had my license plate number. The problem is that I was never in dc on the day/time that this happened, and therefore never got the parking ticket. My car was not there either. I don't even live in dc.

When I called the dc adjudication office to say that this was an error, they told me to send in a letter stating the circumstances. 6mos later I received a letter from a hearing examiner stating that I was liable for the fine, and that i would have to pay $60 to appeal that decision. This is so unbelievable to me. How can I be liable for something I didn't do? The ticket itself is in error (based on what's in their system). The rep @ the dc adjudication office didn't even inform me that I was waiving my right to an in-person hearing when I sent them the letter informing them of their error!

If anyone has advice on what I should do next, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!!
I think you probably didn't include enough "proof" for the adjudication process to set aside the ticket. The problem now is that winning at the next level will be even harder and it may cost you an additional $60. You may be in the right, but at some point you need to make a pragmatic decision about whether you will win. The other issue is that if you never park in DC, you can probably blow it off.
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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Get a new tag. I owed like $700 in parking tickets before I left NOLA.
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