It was a dark and stormy night (no really, it was!) when my wife parked in a poorly marked area of an old parking lot (I need to go take some pictures). Apparently it was half or a handicapped space or the space between handicapped spaces where access is provided to enter and exit the vehicle. The driver of the handicapped car called the police and they came and wrote her a ticket for illegal parking for $77. The cops said that she should just mail it in because if she goes to court the judge may change it to parking in a handicap spot and the fine can skyrocket.
Everything I've ever learned about tickets (moving violations, anyway) is that you should always go to court. Judges typically reduce fines and points just for taking the initiative to go to court. She was clearly in the wrong and admits that she made a mistake. She's not even annoyed that the spot wasn't clearly marked (I am, but that's another story). I think if she went to court and was contrite and kept her mouth shut, the judge may change the fine. On the other hand, the judge may be having a bad day and jack the fine on the spot.
In South Carolina, anyway, you go to court and typically plead "Guilty" unless you *really*
want to contest it and not admit fault. The judge tells you the new fine, you plead guilty, you go to the window and you pay.
So, considering the cops gave her a "break," should she go to court? I'm leery about trusting the cops since watching "Know your Rights"
from the ACLU.
Note: I'm not positive about the above video link because I have a filter at work.