Wrong plate numder
March 21, 2006 4:54 AM Subscribe
Do I have to pay a parking ticket if they got the details wrong?
posted by jozxyqk to Law & Government (39 answers total)
Yesterday evening, I parked at a meter (in Somerville, MA), a little after 5:30, knowing that the meters run until 6. For whatever reason, I decided not to put a quarter in, and knowingly took my chances.
When I was done with the evening's activities at about 11, I came back to my car to find a ticket. My own fault.
But when I looked at the ticket, the license plate number on it was wrong; off by one letter. The rest of the description of the car was correct, but the "B" in my plate number was recorded as a "D" on the ticket.
(My front-side plate is a survivor of a front-end accident of a previous car, so it's seen better days, and this probably is an easy visual mistake to make in poor lighting).
My question is:
If I don't pay this ticket, is there any way they could still track me down, even though the platenumber is wrong? Should I still pay it? Should I correct it? What's the worst that could happen?