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I received a parking citation for parking in a handicapped

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I received a parking citation for parking in a handicapped spot at a college. The campus has very limited parking due to construction. It was a very cold night and my diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis was flaring. After having looked for a parking place for 15 min, I desperately parked in the handicapped spot. I should have applied for a tag, but have not done so yet. How can I fight this citation of $507 dollars. I know I am at fault, but I do not have the money to pay this fine and yes I desperately needed to park...there were about 10 slots of these open.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LawTalk replied 5 years ago.
Good morning,

I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.

While I strive to give you an accurate and applicable answer to your question, and if I can possibly suggest an avenue by which you might have a successful legal outcome I will, please understand that I don’t have the ability to provide you with favorable law if it doesn't exist. As you read my answer to your question, I ask you to please not shoot the messenger.

You simply do not have a legal excuse. The law is black and white. If you do not possess the legal right to park in a handicap parking space----which admittedly yo do not yet----then you violate the law by doing so. Rare exceptions would be the defense of "necessity"----for example, if your car was on fire and you had to escape to save your life, then your leaving the burning vehicle in a handicap spot would not be unlawful.

I'm afraid that neither the coolness of the evening, nor the lack of available non-handicap parking is legal justification, and you will be stuck paying the fine for your violation.

I wish you the best this holiday season.

I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not particularly favorable to your situation. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so. I do work diligently to provide you with the correct Answer under the law, and because I have no control over what the law is, I ask you not to hold that against me.

It has been my pleasure to assist you, and it would be greatly appreciated if you would
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Edited by LawTalk on 12/1/2010 at 12:30 PM EST