I fought the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the PPA won?
October 12, 2010 4:17 PM Subscribe
Philadelphia residents, what's the likelihood of contesting Philadelphia Parking Authority tickets in court and winning? I'd like to not pay the tickets, but don't want to be hit with court fees and increased fines if I lose.
posted by schroedinger to Law & Government (13 answers total)
I have four tickets I'm planning on contesting.
Ticket 1 was issued for parking over the two-hour time limit. Except I wasn't actually parked there during the two hours--I left the spot at 2:30, came back at 4:35, and wasn't there for five minutes before the parking officer swooped in an issued a ticket, despite the neighbors and the person I was with all backing up my story that I'd just come back. The parking officer said it didn't matter if my car was in the spot or not, I wasn't allowed to be there.
Ticket 2 and 3 were issued on the same day within an hour of one another. I mistakenly left my car in a two hour zone for five hours, then was dinged by one officer for leaving it for two hours and then got a second ticket for the same offense by another officer later that day. Is this legal?
Ticket 4 was a double-parking violation--I pulled over on the side of the street while a friend ran into the post office, put on my blinkers, then saw someone I knew walking by and hopped out of the car to say hello. Literally in the five minutes while my back was turned a parking officer issued a ticket, despite me coming up in the middle of it to say I'd move the car.
I'm not sure how valid my complaints are, and unfortunately I can't provide witness statements or anything for these situations. I don't know if the judge in these cases is at all amenable to argumentation or whether they issue a "guilty" sentence as a matter of course.
Has anyone had any experience with contesting parking tickets? Like I said, I'd like these tickets dismissed but I've heard if they're not you can get additional fines and court fees ladled on top of the tickets.