Is My Parking Violation Invalid Because the Vehicle Description was Incorrect?

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Is My Parking Violation Invalid Because the Vehicle Description was Incorrect?

I recently slid my car into a ditch and was unable to move
it out myself this left about 1-2 feet of it overhanging on
the street, which I should note that it’s a neighborhood
street that is seldom traveled it was 3am in the morning
too. Anyways, I put on my hazard lights, locked the car, and
walked to my house to get my brother who has a truck and
chain. My phone was dead, else I’d have stayed with the car
and called instead. When we returned to the scene, less
than 20 minutes later, there were two Police cruisers and a
city-contracted flatbed ready to take it to impound.

My question is, on the citation, they listed the vehicle as
a 4-door when it is a 2-door. Will this discrepancy allow me
any legal leverage, or should I just pay the citation?

Asked on November 9, 2017 under General Practice, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Assuming that on the ticket, the car is otherwise identifiable as yours (e.g. the license plate is correct), the fact that the officer got the number of doors wrong is wholly irrelevant. Whether in citations or contracts, the law ignores "harmless errors"--mistakes that don't affect the fundamental validity of the document.


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