Hi all, prior federal LEO here (financial fraud department). Please don't laugh, I have a very rookie question. Today, I received a parking ticket for having inadvertently parked in a non-designated spot. What is best practice for fighting this ticket in court? Guilty with an explanation, or non-guilty with a plea?

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Where there any signs posted? Was it a ticket issued from an agency or city parking officer?
If guilty there is always some type of conversion program always take it. It's a non-moving violation so it won't impact your insurance. And you always talk to the DA office if it's a county ticket and not a city ticket those city attorneys handles tho l.

I was once in that same situation few months back

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Question was there a sign saying no parking?

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Nope, it wasn't a spot. Parking lot was staggered, turns out there were no parallel lines in the area I put my car.

It's a civil forfeiture. Plead no contest and be done with it. It will cost you more in time and hassle than it's worth...just sayin.

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First of all did you take pictures of the parking lot?

First, is it necessary to fight this ticket? Was there some extenuating circumstance which led to you violating the law? Like there was a large truck blocking sign that said "no parking." If there were such a sign, was it damaged or unreadable? Those are just examples, but if you can not defend your choice in any way choose guilty. A mistake of law is not a defense because every licensed driver is expected to know the law. If you don't have a true defense just plead guilty and take whatever program they give you to wipe it from your record. It's the simplest option. Also, this might be more of a lawyer's question. Cops just issue the tickets, we hardly receive them. :)

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