The death of the registrant prior to or within 90 days of the issuance of the ticket is a total defense to any ticket. You will need to submit the death certificate as proof.
If your vehicle suddenly became disabled and you were ticketed for parking it illegally, you may have a defense if you can prove the following:
If your evidence can establish that the equipment violation was corrected within 24 hours of its discovery, the ticket may be dismissed. You may produce repair or purchase receipts as proof.
You may prevail on a defense of a broken parking meter if you can prove that:
If you had a temporary registration, you may have a defense to an expired registration ticket if you can prove both of the following:
This defense is available if the driver of the car ticketed was present and behind the wheel when the ticket was being issued and the issuer failed to identify the driver by name on the ticket.
You may be able to use this defense if you parked illegally in order to deal with a sudden unexpected medical emergency concerning a human being. Non-medical emergency situations may also qualify for this defense on a case-by-case basis. Corroborating evidence should be presented to strengthen your claim (for example, a police report, hospital records, etc.).
Please note that the urgent need to use the bathroom is not considered a medical emergency.
Never having received the summons is typically not a defense, since notices are also sent to the home of the registrant. Make sure your mailing address is current with the Department of Motor Vehicles. To receive a hearing on a summons in judgment, you will have to show a good cause for not answering it sooner.
If you have proof that the vehicle was stolen prior to ticket issuance and recovery of the car, you have a complete defense to any ticket. Evidence may include a police report, insurance cancellation documentation, witness statements, etc.
For a missing plate violation, you may have a defense if your plate was stolen or lost prior to the ticket issuance and:
If the sign you are cited for violating was missing, illegible, ambiguous, or wrongly stated, you may have a defense. Evidence may include clear photos of the entire side of the block where you were ticketed, from corner to corner, and photos of the front and back of all the signs located on the side of the street where you were ticketed.
This defense may be available to dismiss a duplicate ticket if you received multiple tickets for the same violation. The following conditions must apply: