In Chicago and the surrounding areas, you see roadsides and parking garages littered with parking meters. Although you may luck out and find free municipal parking occasionally, these spots are rare and a hot commodity for those looking to spend their money elsewhere. A growing number of Illinois residents opt to utilize public transit to avoid the hassle of finding parking. For those of us who choose to maintain our transportation independence, we must endure the daily struggle to locate parking spots within a reasonable distance to our destinations at a fair cost, and then abide by the time limits set by each area. Occasionally, we need more time in the area and to avoid being towed we run all the way back to our vehicles to pay the meter. However, adding money to the meters is illegal, and many residents are consistently penalized with a traffic citation for this mistake.
The Meter Has Time.
The number one argument in this situation is that the meter had time still left when the officer issued the citation. Is this legal and possible? If your initial time has lapsed, then you must move your vehicle to allow that space to be available for other motorists. To feed the meter to add on additional time is against the law. Many times, the addition successfully goes unnoticed, however, if someone has the evidentiary support that the vehicle remained within the same spot over the initial allotted period, charges are possible.
The Meter Ran Out of Time.
Duration is not a defense for a violation, meaning even if you are walking up as the meter clicks over to expired, the citation may yet stand. Most meter readers are not that picky. However, it is possible. It is also possible to have multiple violations for the same incident if you run out of time. If the meter allotted time is one hour, and the vehicle is there two hours past the expiration, two citations are possible.
Do Not Pay the Ticket.
If you received a citation for a parking violation or any other traffic infringement, understand that paying the ticket means you plead guilty to the charges. Perhaps you feel you are guilty, but without contestation, you risk increases on your insurance premiums and loss of licensure, now or in the future with additional violations. Situations exist in which a violation is excusable. To find out your options with your case, contact a Addison, IL traffic defense attorney. Myers Law, LLC offers a free consultation of your case to those who call 844-9-THE-LAW today.