Parking tickets can be a hassle, especially if you live in a city where the number of parking restrictions are difficult to keep track of or not clearly marked. If you believe you have received an unfair or unlawful parking ticket, you have the right to contest the ticket. To contest a parking ticket, follow these steps:

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Call the Ticketing Agency. Call the phone number on the back of the ticket immediately after you receive the ticket to file a complaint. An investigator will ask you to briefly explain your case. You may also fight the ticket by mail or in person, but no later than around 20 days after you receive the ticket. If you successfully disprove the parking violation, the ticket will be waived.

Request an Administrative Review. If the investigator deems your ticket valid, you can ask for an administrative review, which is the process prior to a judicial review that involves filing a grievance complaint with the assessing jurisdiction, i.e. the city, town, or county that issued the ticket. You are typically required to appear in person at the review office. Be sure to bring in all evidence you have gathered, such as photos and other documentation that supports your case. You may need to pay a fine for the review which will be reimbursed to you if the ticket is proved unlawful.

File an Appeal and Request a Hearing. If the administrative review determines that the parking ticket was correctly issued, you can file for an appeal and request a hearing. A judge will then review your case and officially determine the validity of the parking ticket and whether or not you have to pay.

Parking ticket laws including provisions, penalties, fines, and methods for contesting a parking ticket vary according to the state’s vehicle codes. Check with your official state government agency for more information on vehicle-related laws and statutes.

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