General Transcription Errors Leading to Dismissal of Parking Tickets
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Transcription errors on parking tickets written by police officers are one of the factors that lead to dismissal of such tickets and thereby considerable loss of revenue for city councils. ...

Transcription errors on parking tickets written by police officers are one of the factors that lead to dismissal of such tickets and thereby considerable loss of revenue for city councils.

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  • 1. General Transcription Errors Leading to Dismissal of Parking Tickets Transcription errors on parking tickets written by police officers are one of the factors that lead to dismissal of such tickets and thereby considerable loss of revenue for city councils. Many tickets are dismissed due to faulty citations. Dismissed tickets include incomplete tickets, those that are illegible, and those that contain wrong license plate number/vehicle identification number for the cited car. Parking officers cannot however, be always blamed for issuing faulty tickets – especially in cases such as when a license plate has been illegally switched or when permits including disabled parking permits are not properly displayed. Recently TRIBLIVE News reported how the mystery surrounding a motorist’s unpaid parking tickets was solved. The case in question is one involving 2 dozen parking tickets that were dismissed for a motorist in Latrobe. This accepted practice of dismissing parking tickets was questioned by Jim Gebicki, a former mayor who demanded an explanation of this practice and the number of tickets dismissed in this manner. Councilman Robert Forish questioned the listing of a particular license plate 24 times. According to City Manager Alex Graziani, those tickets were listed following a woman’s appearance before the magistrate on account of 26 unpaid parking tickets. She was sent to jail, where she spent 24 days and then the tickets were dismissed considering the time served as the penalty. It was also found that there was a discrepancy between the records provided by the city manager as regards the dismissed tickets and the police records. Graziani had an explanation for this too. He pointed out that police records include tickets dismissed at city hall as well as those voided by police officers who made transcription errors, tickets dismissed by the magistrate’s office, and those issued in the Excela Latrobe Hospital area (sometimes issued by hospital staff). Graziani’s dismissal records show that around 7.7% (350) of 4500 tickets issued in 2013 have been dismissed. In 2009, 6% of tickets were dismissed. Though there is no formal dismissal policy, Graziani has taken steps to better the procedure. He has developed a form that can be used only in the following scenarios: • If the violator o o o o failed to adequately display a handicapped parking placard was completing business-to-business loading/unloading experienced technical hitches in the online Pango mobile parking application had a medical emergency. The city manager has issued a memorandum that directs all appeals to Unity District Judge, until city council votes on a policy. Appeals are governed by rules different from those relevant to a trial. The transcript of the testimony from the trial is very important and the appeal court relies on it and the written submissions from both parties. Appeal cases are usually handled by lawyers who specialize in appeals and have plenty of appellate experience. Appeal lawyers and their paralegals are usually supported in their legal transcription and legal research requirements by legal transcription companies.