How to remotely appeal ticket in a town I did not visit

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How to remotely appeal ticket in a town I did not visit

I received on 8/19/17 in the mail for a parking violation notice from the City of
Thousand Oaks. The license plate number is my car and they have my correct
name and address, but they have it listed as a MEBE Mercedes Benz and
the incident as occurring in the City of Thousand Oaks on 6/13/17. My car is a
Chevy and I have not been in Thousand Oaks in several years.
I was off work for medical reasons on the listed date in my hometown several
hours away. I suspect that an error somewhere.
The city website will not let me view the ticket and it says that since it is over
2 months past due, that it is not eligible for an appeal though the mail or
website. How can I avoid going into the courthouse to get this appealed? It’s
a 380 parking ticket and I cannot afford to take work off to drive down there
to try and appeal this or to pay close to four hundred dollars on a ticket that
neither me nor my car incurred.

Asked on August 19, 2017 under General Practice, California

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Call the court clerk and ask if you can make a telephone appearance instead of being physically present in court.
If you can make a telephonic appearance, ask the court clerk for the documents you will need to request that appearance and the deadline prior to the hearing for submitting the documents.
If you miss the filing deadline or don't file the appropriate documents, your request for a telephonic appearance will be denied.


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