I had a similar experience in DC, not MD. When I returned to my car on New Mexico Ave I found a parking ticket for an expired meter, even though I still had more than 20 min. left on the meter. A friend who was with me took a photo of the ticket in front of the unexpired meter. I contested the ticket by email, sending the photo and contact info for my friend (a witness). After two minutes of deliberation (according to online record) I was found guilty….obviously, supplying photographic evidence and witness information meant nothing to the judge. Doesn’t seem to matter in which jurisdiction you are, parking enforcement seems to have its own set of rules that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence.
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2012 10:21
Parking in Bethesda
We recently had dinner in Bethesda and when we got back to the parking garage, we checked the parking meter and noted that we had five minutes left. It wasn’t until the next day that I noticed the yellow envelope tucked way down into the lower edge of the windshield, easily overlooked at night and in the dim light of the parking garage We had gotten a $45.00 ticket for an expired meter when in fact, it had NOT expired. Had we seen the ticket we could have taken a photo of the meter and been done with it. On principle, we have contested the ticket and have been assigned a trial date.The notice said to plan for up to 4 hours in court! While it might seem to make more sense just to pay the ticket and be done with it, we suspect that we aren’t the only ones who have had an experience like this. Does this sound familiar to anyone?