I was issued an unlawful parking ticket while out of state. How do I fight this?

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I was issued an unlawful parking ticket while out of state. How do I fight this?

I recently travelled to Chicago Illinois and received an invalid ticket that they refuse to remove on July 4, 2019.

My license plate expired on 7/8/19, but I received a ticket for an expired license plate on 7/4/19. This is not correct and no matter what proof I give them, they refuse to budge. I am not going to pay this ticket. Ive tried many times to provide proof of no expiration but they keep insisting it is expired.

it is now double the original amount due. The DMV in Wisconsin is not giving me any assistance and say that Ive already given the Chicago police department enough proof.

The day I received my ticket I flagged down a police officer down the street who ran my license plate and told me it should not have been given to me in the first place. He was not able to remove it because it was from a ‘meter maid.’

Asked on October 25, 2019 under General Practice, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

To fight it--not necessarily to win, since winning is never guaranteed, but just to fight it--you'd need to bring a legal action in IL, in the court in whose jurisdiction the ticket was entered, to have a hearing in that court where you can present your evidence and testimomy and hope the judge will dismiss the ticket. Even if you tried to save money by not hiring an attorney--which is not recommenced--you would personally need to travel to IL on at least one, possibly more, occasions. It is difficult to see how it is even remotely cost effective to fight an out of state ticket rather than pay it; you are advised that paying it, even if that seems unfair, is the best way to resolve.

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