Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
You're welcome. Just a logical approach to the situation. Be sure to contact the appropriate authorities and get a court date. You probably have a limited time to pay the fine and if you don't request a court date well before the fine is due, you will be in a poor position to fight it. Confirm with those you contact that indicating you are going to fight this will negate paying the ticket before the judge makes a decision. Write down the date, time, name of the person(s) you speak with, and what was discussed. Try to make your writing legible as you may need this information to refute an inaccurate statement that may come up. In some jurisdictions, only original notes are allowed, so don't type it up unless your writing is only legible to you. In that case, do type the notes, but keep the original notes and take them to court in case the judge wants to compare them with the typed copy. Be sure the notes have the exact information the handwritten notes have or the judge may throw them out. Let those you speak with know you want the meter maids to testify, and complete any paperwork that may be needed to ensure they appear. If you can, prior to court, ask the meter maids if they have encountered similar situations where the bike owner claimed to have left their bike parked legally, and if yes, approximately how many times. This might require waiting for them to come down your street and talking with them, or going to where they work and striking up a conversation. Subpoena any that have seen this before, which will require getting their names. If they have seen similar situations, be sure to bring this up in court. This will help the judge see that what happened to you is not a rare incident, and it builds credibility for your case. If they haven't, their testimony isn't going to help you and you will probably want to release them from appearing in court well before the court date.