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February 6, 2008 11:13 AM Subscribe
I have a hearing with the Chicago Streets & Sanitation department to contest a vehicle tow. What should I expect and how can I prepare myself?
posted by santojulieta to law & government (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here's the nitty gritty. I parked my vehicle in front of my apartment building on a street that allows winter parking. (There are no signs about the winter parking ban here.) My vehicle has current tags, paid up insurance, and runs well. I'd been driving my fiance's car because he gets better gas mileage. A while ago, I noticed an orange cone near my parked car, but as I had no tickets, I didn't think anything of it. Come to find out, those bastards up and towed my legally parked car because they thought it was "abandoned." Admittedly, I had left it in the same spot for more than seven days, but I had no way of knowing this was illegal.
I paid for my car at the pound, and it's now parked back on my street (and I have plans to move it frequently.) I also have scheduled a hearing to contest the tow. Has anyone else done this before sucessfully? What should I expect?
Here are my main arguments in my favor:
1. My vehicle was legally parked in a non-towaway zone.
2. It has current tags and plates, etc.
3. It is a working vehicle.
4. It was parked in front of my legal residence.
5. I received no warning that the city was planning to tow (ie: no tickets, stickers, etc.)
6. If I am to assume that an orange cone marks my car for towing, why is that cone still sitting in front of my building? How can that be a valid warning?
Here are the main arguments against me:
1. My vehicle didn't move for a period of greater than seven days, which is in violation of the law.
2. I bear a responsibility to know the laws, even though I have lived in the city for less than three months.
I know YANnecessarilyAL, but if you have sucessfully argued your case, let me know. Also, if you can think of other good things to say that might help me out, pass those on as well.