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Regrettably, your argument may not be persuasive. Your situation does not fall under the exceptions for parking in a red zone. See California Vehicle Code Sections 21458 and 22500.
I am sorry that I was not clear. It was implied in my response. You cannot park in "abandoned driveway." However, that does not mean that you cannot make the argument that the driveway was not functional and thus you should not be ticketed. I only indicated that it may not be persuasive.
I really do not. So, I will op out and give another Attorney the opportunity to further assist you.
Goodluck with your case,
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
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If you have the principle telling you that you could park in that closed off driveway, then you need to include a signed affidavit from the principle stating the driveway belongs to the school and he is in charge of the school. The affidavit would explain that the driveway is not used and you were given permission to put your vehicle there temporarily on your visits. The permission from the school and acknowledgment that the driveway is not used would be the persuasion you would need to convince them to dismiss the citation.