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    jammy23 Posts: 545, Reputation: 0
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    Nov 1, 2008, 11:45 AM
    Re parking ticket, no standing
    I volunteer to drive feral cats to the Humane Society to be fixed (TNR program). I was
    Sitting there as I always do, awaiting seven cages of cats that were fixed when the
    Cops gave me a $115 ticket. I was wrong. It did say no standing. But I've been
    Doing it for a year and the police don't bother me. This time I saw a police woman
    Get out of her car and I said, do you mind if I wait here for the seven cats and she
    Said I shouldn't be there and she gave me a ticket.
    Is there any way out of this?
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    excon Posts: 21,482, Reputation: 2992
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    Nov 1, 2008, 12:20 PM
    Hello jammy:

    Nope. But, you can plead guilty with an explanation. If you tell the judge of your exemplary conduct, I'm sure he'll reduce the fine. Course, you're going to have go down there and maybe even go again...

    Seems to me it might be easier to just send a check.

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    twinkiedooter Posts: 12,172, Reputation: 1054
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    Nov 2, 2008, 02:20 PM

    You need to remember your car was parked. You were not "standing". Standing is when your engine is turned on and you are only there a few seconds/minutes. Apparently you were parked according to the cop or she wouldn't have given you the ticket. Next time you need to find a "legal" spot to park in while waiting for the cats. Also, what sort of a space were you supposedly "standing" in in the first place? If it was a no parking zone, then yes, you should get the ticket and pay it. Just because you have an excuse probably won't be good enough for the Judge to reduce or dismiss your ticket. Or if you were parking near a hydrant or bus stop or loading zone it won't work either.
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    this8384 Posts: 4,564, Reputation: 485
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    Nov 3, 2008, 11:30 AM

    As ex & twinkie have said, it depends on the judge; s/he may or may not give you a break on the ticket.

    However, I strongly do not recommend using the defense of "I did it for a year without any problems." Not only is it a bad excuse, but it's also admitting to numerous other violations which could lead to more fines.

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