How to negotiate parking fines
March 11, 2006 9:03 AM Subscribe
My boyfriend got a notice in the mail that he owes $600 for two parking tickets from 2004. Though he doesn't think the city of Baltimore is just making up the original fines, this is the first he's heard of them or the penalties. The original fines add up to $84. Is there anything he can do to eliminate or reduce the penalties?
posted by Airhen to law & government (5 answers total)
He had to renew his license in 2005, after the tickets were issued and presumably had accrued some penalties. At that time, he called City Hall to make sure he had no outstanding fines because if he did, the DMV would send him to pay them before it could renew his license. He did not have any fines. His car has also been impounded (for forgetting he parked in a rush-hour no-parking zone) at least twice since 2004, and no other fines showed up when he went to take care of those infractions.
Of course, he'll go to City Hall and tell them all of this and hope for the best, but he can't prove that he's never received a notice of the fines. The only proof he has of having been told his record was clear last year is that his license in successfully renewed. Any ideas?