Parking Tickets and How To Fight Them

Q:

Is there a statute of limitation for someone who owes on parking tickets in Massachusetts?  Does that person have to pay the parking tickets no matter?  If they don’t what will happen?

A:

There is no statute of limitations on parking tickets that are left unaddressed.  In general, parking tickets should be addressed within twenty-one days of issuance.  If the ticket is not paid within said time frame, it could result in non-renewal of your license and registration.  Moreover, there would be fines and additional costs for the Registry of Motor Vehicles to clear your registration.

If five or more offenses are left unpaid, the parking clerk of your town may notify the chief of police or director of traffic and have your vehicle towed and stored or otherwise immobilized (i.e. a boot would be placed on your vehicle).  The costs of such actions would be taxed to you.

However, if you believe you have a defense in regards to the citation, you can challenge the validity of the parking violation in writing.  An alleged violator may mail a signed statement outlining any defenses as well as signed statements from witnesses and documents such as photographs or diagrams.  Moreover, the alleged violator can have a hearing before a parking clerk or hearing officer.

If the clerk or officer finds against an alleged violator, he will include the reasons on the notice.  Thereafter, the disposition would potentially be subject to judicial review.

This article only provides an abbreviated overview of parking tickets.  Basic information in regards to parking tickets and the appeals process can be obtained from most city or town websites.

Copyright © 2014 Kyle R. Guelcher – All Rights Reserved. NOTICE: The materials contained in this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or other professional advice. The materials on this site may be considered advertising under the rules of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Viewing this website or blog, requesting information, or contact by an attorney or associated attorney of the firm does not create an attorney-client relationship. You are advised to speak with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction.

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