Fighting old parking tickets?
May 30, 2006 7:01 AM Subscribe
I'm trying to see if fighting some old parking tickets is worth my effort.
posted by KevinSkomsvold to law & government (10 answers total)
Not looking for legal advice; just any similar experiences or insights. Here are the facts:
About a year ago, I received a letter from a legal firm representing the city of Chicago stating I owed $1200 on some old tickets. Upon looking at the printout, there were some legit tickets but an overwhelming number of tickets attributed to someone who must have found my old plates after I disposed of them. The area of those tickets is an area of Chicago I have never lived in nor frequented, period. I sent a letter stating such and didn't hear back from them until about six months later. They essentially said tough beans. I sent another letter requesting to know what I'd need to prove my case. I never heard from them. I suspected something a little strange about this legal firm in terms of them representing the City of Chicago. It didn't seem official as anyone could go online and get ticket information. Another thing to compound the problem is that I have no proof that the plates were stolen. I don't even remember disposing of them properly or if I just tossed them. I sold the car in 1997 and a lot of the tickets were issued to another vehicle with my plates.
This weekend, I got a letter and what appears to be a court order to pay up. There was no letter attached, just the court order AND an official printout from the City of Chicago with a rundown of all the tickets. The court order says I owe $900 and the total in tickets is $1800.
What I'd like to know is, is this worth fighting? At this stage it seems the city isn't interested. They want their cash and rightfully so. I'm perfectly willing to pay for all of the legit tickets in one fell swoop but how can I effectively fight the other ones? Can I fight them? If so, what would I need? I am about to consult a lawyer but I suspect even they'd say I was screwed.
Feedback and similar experiences welcomed.