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#1 capr

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 17:41

Hey, I have never gotten a ticket in the past 6 years of driving and have no idea how to do this....

at 2:30am I felt horrible and drove myself to the ER. I parked at the first spot I found and stumbled into the ER. Parking is free from 8pm-8am I honestly thought I would be out before 8am.

The hospital admitted me and I was having surgery that same day. The ticket was issued at 8:55. I have no record of this but know that I was passed out on pain meds from 7-11am.

I had a friend come to the hospital and remove the car before 12pm (soon as I woke up).

What do I do about this ticket? I called the court and they sent me this paperwork that has a check box for "I am contesting the infraction. I deny I committed the infraction...." This doesn't sound right. Should I be asking for a different checkbox? I want to claim extenuating circumstances...


#2 threetonesun

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 17:44

Where you live would help.

In general you can contest it for any reason, or just pay it and call it a day. Assuming you have a good reason (sounds like you do), I'd go with contesting it.

Also, if it was issued by a private company (hospital parking lot parking ticket), just drop it in the trash.

#3 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 17:47

deny the infraction, go to court and provide documentation about your admittance to the hospital and they should clear it all up.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 17:48

deny the infraction, go to court and provide documentation about your admittance to the hospital and they should clear it all up.

this ^

#5 Pygmy_Hippo

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 17:49

IANAL but I would have thought you could plead extenuating circumstances, as you had effectively been detained by the hospital due to the unforseen medical emergency. Best of luck, you may need it 'cos they do like their money!! :D

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 18:14

IANAL but I would have thought you could plead extenuating circumstances, as you had effectively been detained by the hospital due to the unforseen medical emergency. Best of luck, you may need it 'cos they do like their money!! :D


I think I can call and request paperwork that says I am claiming extenuating circumstances. Thats' why I am wondering about this....

I live in seattle, WA

#7 threetonesun

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 18:25

You can request a MITIGATION HEARING, where you admit you have committed the infraction, but want to explain the circumstances. You cannot appeal the judge’s decision after your hearing. You may submit a written statement (adjudication by mail) instead of appearing in person at your hearing.


http://www.seattle.g...ing_request.htm

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:04

I think I can call and request paperwork that says I am claiming extenuating circumstances. Thats' why I am wondering about this....

I live in seattle, WA


Wonder what hospital, you came close to being a patient of mine depending on were in Seattle and what hospital :) . You would check the box to contest it even though it doesn't sound right. After that, bring the hospital paperwork in to the judge on the set date (I HATE the King county courthouse so have fun) and explain it to him, he will drop the ticket.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:08

Always expect to be in the hospital longer and plan ahead... Same thing happened to my dad and he learned from it... he always parked in the normal extended parking by default (never any quick spots)... so does all my family membs as a result..

and how are they to know your situation...? to them you simply parked there too long...

#10 PsyOpWarlord

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 06:22

We have free valet parking at the hospital here. Makes it real nice.

#11 Growled

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 23:07

Always expect to be in the hospital longer and plan ahead... Same thing happened to my dad and he learned from it... he always parked in the normal extended parking by default (never any quick spots)... so does all my family membs as a result..

and how are they to know your situation...? to them you simply parked there too long...


Good point. Better safe than sorry.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 23:36

and I expect hospitals to take 5 times longer then I expect... they're slow ass mofos.

one time I was having sharp pains for days in that area and thought I had food poisoning, bad cramps or a lil bowel trouble... turns out I was going through a miscarriage and what I thought would be a 2 hour visit turned into 16 hours,.,,,,

so yeah... I expect that now... LOL....

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 00:16

I hate tow trucks. :angry:

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 00:24

I hate tow trucks. :angry:


that's why you gotta engage paranoid parrot mode.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 00:25

capr, what was the medical problem, if I may ask?