Thank you for that additional information.
$500 is the maximum fine that can be imposed for parking in a handicapped parking space. If you ask for an administrative hearing, when you attend you can explain to the hearing officer why it was you parked in a handicapped space and ask for leniency. The minimum fine for this offense is $250. So if the hearing officer could reduce the fine by 1/2.
The downside of requesting an administrative hearing is that if you are found guilty of the violation there is an additional fee assessed of $25. So you ask for a hearing you could end up paying a total of $525.
You can review the Denton Municipal Ordinances regarding parking here:http://library.municode.com/HTML/10644/level4/SPACOOR_CH18MOVETR_ARTIVSTSTPA_DIV3PAVIDI.html
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