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Common Mistakes in Fighting a NYC Fire
       Hydrant Parking Violation & How to Fix
                       Them




                                                      By:
                                            Larry Berezin
                             New York Parking Ticket LLC




	
                                                     1	
  
A case study about what went wrong at a parking ticket
hearing
The best mistakes to make are new mistakes. Here is a case study about the efforts of a
wonderful member of our driving community to fight a fire hydrant parking ticket. Joe
("fictitious") parked his car more than 15 feet from a fire hydrant, but still received an
evil orange epistle for violating the “no fly zone” between a NYC fire hydrant and a
motor vehicle. Joe diligently prepared his defense letter, and created some terrific
exhibits. Joe fought his parking ticket by mail.

A few months later, Joe received a letter from the Evil Empire notifying him that he lost
his case.

What went wrong? (This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will consist of
Larry's defense letter and exhibits used to beat this fire hydrant violation).

Joe submitted this defense letter in support of his fight against
a fire hydrant parking violation
       "On Jan 20th 2013 at 1:58pm, I was charged with a $115 fine for parking within
       15 yard of a fire hydrant in front of 333 East 91th street.

       I plead that I am not guilty as I did not parked within 15 feet within the hydrant
       and I have photograph evidences that prove it.

       Prior to leave the scene, I have taken several pictures of my car in relation to the
       fire hydrant. Later I came back to the scene and measured the distance between
       the two. I have provided picture s I took as evidence. Explanations for the
       provided evidence are below.

       The evidence below can be confirmed by witness, Mr. JC Park whose cellphone
       number is 347-266-1283.

       Please view the next page to see the submitted picture evidence with explanation.

       As the above evidences indicate, my vehicle was not within 15 feet of the fire
       hydrant. I can provide more pictures should you find above evidences are not
       satisfying. Please right this wrong.

       Joe
       2013.2.19"


	
                                                                                            2	
  
 
	
  
Picture	
  1	
  (above):	
  	
  Indicates	
  that	
  my	
  vehicle,	
  black	
  Mustang	
  2002	
  was	
  parked	
  near	
  
333	
  East	
  91st	
  Street.	
  I	
  circled	
  the	
  building	
  number,	
  fire	
  hydrant,	
  my	
  vehicle,	
  and	
  a	
  
pole,	
  which	
  a	
  bicycle	
  is	
  chained	
  to	
  as	
  a	
  landmark	
  	
  
	
  




	
                                                                                                                              3	
  
 
	
  
Picture	
  2:	
  Shows	
  return	
  to	
  scene	
  and	
  tape	
  measure	
  extending	
  from	
  the	
  fire	
  hydrant	
  
to	
  my	
  car	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  


	
                                                                                                                        4	
  
 
	
  
Picture	
  3:	
  Indicates	
  the	
  street,	
  and	
  avenue	
  of	
  the	
  incident	
  on	
  the	
  day	
  of	
  the	
  incident.	
  
I	
  circled	
  the	
  street	
  and	
  avenue	
  sign	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  


	
                                                                                                                                   5	
  
 
	
  
Picture	
  4:	
  	
  A	
  close	
  up	
  of	
  the	
  tape	
  measure	
  showing	
  the	
  distance	
  from	
  the	
  fire	
  
hydrant	
  to	
  my	
  car	
  is	
  17	
  feet	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  


	
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Larry's analysis of Joe's fire hydrant parking ticket defense
Kudos to Joe. He parked his car more than 15 feet from the fire hydrant, and fought the
parking ticket because he was right. I am truly sorry to report that Joe failed to present the
proper proof properly. Here's why:

Joe's defense letter is simply a note and does not tell a story. It contains cold, hard,
unsworn, facts.

       •   The fact that Joe was attending a meeting at his church would have provided a
           great back story
       •   An explanation that Joe's witness was a church member, and parked his car in
           front of Joe's car
       •   Joe's defense letter should have been an affidavit or a certification (preferably an
           affidavit), addressed the judge respectfully, and signed by Joe. Remember, the
           parking ticket is considered a sworn statement by the parking ticket warrior. If
           you're contesting the sworn statement of a warrior, do it with a sworn statement of
           your own.
       •   Joe offered to submit more photographs (If Joe had additional, relevant,
           photographs he should have submitted them).
       •   He offers the name and cell phone number of his witness (Joe's kidding, right?)
       •   Joe should have submitted a witness certification, and a photograph of his witness
           observing the measurement of the distance from the pump to Joe's car

Joe's pictures left gaps in the proof necessary to beat his
parking ticket
       •   Picture 1 shows the relationship of his car, the street address of the building, and
           the fire hydrant. Great. But, Joe should not have included a picture of a red
           parking sign located directly in front of his car. If it must be included, Joe should
           have submitted proof that his car didn't park in violation of the red sign. A
           parking ticket judge isn't going to give Joe the benefit of the doubt with the fire
           hydrant violation if he thinks Joe parked illegally, anyway.
       •   Picture 2 shows a tape measure is stretched out between the fire hydrant and a
           strange car. Why not park your car where it was parked when the parking ticket
           was issued; or explain why there is an SUV in the picture (along with the red
           parking sign).
       •   Picture 3 attempts to show the name of the street where Joe parked his Mustang.
           The only thing this picture proves is that Joe doesn't know how to present the
           proper proof, properly of a street address. Joe needs to submit overlapping
           photographs and the traffic sign at the corner.
       •   Picture 4 shows a close up of the tape measure. Joe needs more pictures to
           demonstrate to a parking ticket judge's satisfaction that this is the actual
           measurement



	
                                                                                             7	
  
This is part 2-2 of the blog series, “How to lose a Fire Hydrant
Parking Ticket Hearing”
In part 1 of our story, a wonderful member of the NYC driving community submitted his
own defense letter and exhibits to fight a parking ticket for standing within 15 feet of a
fire hydrant. The Evil Empire found Joe guilty. Much to Joe's chagrin, he was issued a
second parking violation for the same offense a couple of weeks later.

But, this time Joe asked Larry to fight the parking ticket. Joe's case is still pending.

Here's the defense certification and exhibits Larry prepared to vanquish this evil orange
epistle.

You may wish to compare the two versions.

Joe's defense certification prepared by Larry
       March 15, 2013

       New York CityDepartment of Finance

       Hearing by Mail Unit

       Post Office Box 29021

       Brooklyn, NY 11202-9021

       Violation Code: 40

       Fire Hydrant

       Dear Honorable Judge:

       I certify as follows:

       I plead not guilty to this parking violation. I did not park within 15 feet of the fire
       hydrant.

       I was issued a parking summons on Saturday February 16, 2013. I was walking
       back to my car from a church meeting with Bill Smith, a member of my church,
       when I saw the summons stuck under my wiper. I am a group leader in my
       church. We meet on Saturday mornings.



	
                                                                                           8	
  
Our church is located down the block from the Azure (333 East 91 Street, NYC)
       at 316 East 91 Street, NYC). My church rents the “Promise Theater” building on
       Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

       I returned to my church to get a tape measure to measure the distance I parked
       from the fire hydrant. Mr. Smith witnessed these measurements. We both
       observed that my car was parked more than 15 feet from the fire hydrant (Please
       see the witness certification from Mr. Smith).

       I took a series of photographs of my car parked in front of Azure, 333 East 91
       Street, and also prepared images of Google Maps- Street View to submit in
       support of my defense.

       Please see the Exhibits attached hereto.

       Under these circumstances, please dismiss this parking ticket.

       Thank you.

       Respectfully yours,

       Joe Doe



                                        Certification

I hereby certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my
knowledge. I am aware that if any of my testimony is willfully false, I am subject to
punishment.

I further certify to the truth and accuracy of all the exhibits attached hereto in support of
my defense to this parking violation

I further certify that I did not move my car from the parking space where it received a
parking violation prior to taking the photographs attached hereto as exhibits in support of
my defense.



                                      _________________________________

                                                    Joe Doe




	
                                                                                              9	
  
The following exhibits were submitted in support of Joe's
defense




	
                                                          10	
  
Exhibit #1: Google Map view of the front of Azure (333 East 91 Street, NYC- the place
of occurrence entered on the parking ticket)




Exhibit #2: Google Map view of the front of the Azure showing street number and name
of building (Azure)




	
                                                                                 11	
  
Exhibit #3: The real estate listing for the Azure identifies the location of the building as
333 91 Street, NYC.




	
                                                                                        12	
  
Exhibit #4: Another view of the front of Azure showing the parking signs and fire
hydrant



	
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Exhibit #5: This view is a close-up of the red parking sign. I included this exhibit to
prove that Joe didn't violate the red no standing sign, or the street cleaning signs because
he didn't park his car during the prohibited days/times. You don't want to leave the
impression with a parking ticket judge that you violated a parking rule and got away with
it.




	
                                                                                       14	
  
These exhibits provide the judge with a birds eye view of the scene of the parking crime,
while proving the place of occurrence on the parking ticket matches Joe's photographs of
the scene of the parking crime.

	
  
	
  

Next we want to prove that Joe parked more than 15 feet from
the fire hydrant
	
  




	
                                                                                     15	
  
Exhibit #6: This is Joe's Mustang. I've removed the view of the front license plate (it
must be included). This exhibit establishes Joe's car matches the description of the
vehicle entered on the parking ticket, and is parked in front of the Azure.




Exhibit #7: This exhibit provides a view of Joe's car, the witness, and the tape measure
extended from the fire hydrant towards the Mustang.




	
                                                                                        16	
  
    17	
  
Exhibit #9: A view of the tape measure extended on the sidewalk near the rear bumper of
the Joe's car



	
                                                                                  18	
  
 
	
  
Exhibit #10: A close up view of the tape measure showing that Joe's car was parked
more than 15 feet away from the fire hydrant




	
                                                                                   19	
  
It is difficult to defeat a parking ticket for
       standing within 15 feet of a fire hydrant when
       your defense is that you parked further away than
       15 feet. A parking ticket judge may claim
       that you moved your chariot before taking the
       photographs. However, if you do a super job
       establishing the place of occurrence, and present
       photographic evidence of your measurement,
       along with a picture of your witness and a
       witness certification, you can beat this parking
       ticket.
       I've attempted to give you the recipe for success.
       Don't take any short cuts. You have a real good
       chance to right a wrong and win.




	
                                                      20	
  
Do you need help fighting your NYC parking tickets?


                 Contact Larry NOW at:
             New York Parking Ticket LLC
            larry@newyorkparkingticket.com
                     800-249-5048


         You’ll be glad you did…and so will we




	
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Are you making these common mistakes fighting a fire hydrant violation?

  • 1. Common Mistakes in Fighting a NYC Fire Hydrant Parking Violation & How to Fix Them By: Larry Berezin New York Parking Ticket LLC   1  
  • 2. A case study about what went wrong at a parking ticket hearing The best mistakes to make are new mistakes. Here is a case study about the efforts of a wonderful member of our driving community to fight a fire hydrant parking ticket. Joe ("fictitious") parked his car more than 15 feet from a fire hydrant, but still received an evil orange epistle for violating the “no fly zone” between a NYC fire hydrant and a motor vehicle. Joe diligently prepared his defense letter, and created some terrific exhibits. Joe fought his parking ticket by mail. A few months later, Joe received a letter from the Evil Empire notifying him that he lost his case. What went wrong? (This is the first of a two-part series. The second part will consist of Larry's defense letter and exhibits used to beat this fire hydrant violation). Joe submitted this defense letter in support of his fight against a fire hydrant parking violation "On Jan 20th 2013 at 1:58pm, I was charged with a $115 fine for parking within 15 yard of a fire hydrant in front of 333 East 91th street. I plead that I am not guilty as I did not parked within 15 feet within the hydrant and I have photograph evidences that prove it. Prior to leave the scene, I have taken several pictures of my car in relation to the fire hydrant. Later I came back to the scene and measured the distance between the two. I have provided picture s I took as evidence. Explanations for the provided evidence are below. The evidence below can be confirmed by witness, Mr. JC Park whose cellphone number is 347-266-1283. Please view the next page to see the submitted picture evidence with explanation. As the above evidences indicate, my vehicle was not within 15 feet of the fire hydrant. I can provide more pictures should you find above evidences are not satisfying. Please right this wrong. Joe 2013.2.19"   2  
  • 3.     Picture  1  (above):    Indicates  that  my  vehicle,  black  Mustang  2002  was  parked  near   333  East  91st  Street.  I  circled  the  building  number,  fire  hydrant,  my  vehicle,  and  a   pole,  which  a  bicycle  is  chained  to  as  a  landmark         3  
  • 4.     Picture  2:  Shows  return  to  scene  and  tape  measure  extending  from  the  fire  hydrant   to  my  car                               4  
  • 5.     Picture  3:  Indicates  the  street,  and  avenue  of  the  incident  on  the  day  of  the  incident.   I  circled  the  street  and  avenue  sign                               5  
  • 6.     Picture  4:    A  close  up  of  the  tape  measure  showing  the  distance  from  the  fire   hydrant  to  my  car  is  17  feet               6  
  • 7. Larry's analysis of Joe's fire hydrant parking ticket defense Kudos to Joe. He parked his car more than 15 feet from the fire hydrant, and fought the parking ticket because he was right. I am truly sorry to report that Joe failed to present the proper proof properly. Here's why: Joe's defense letter is simply a note and does not tell a story. It contains cold, hard, unsworn, facts. • The fact that Joe was attending a meeting at his church would have provided a great back story • An explanation that Joe's witness was a church member, and parked his car in front of Joe's car • Joe's defense letter should have been an affidavit or a certification (preferably an affidavit), addressed the judge respectfully, and signed by Joe. Remember, the parking ticket is considered a sworn statement by the parking ticket warrior. If you're contesting the sworn statement of a warrior, do it with a sworn statement of your own. • Joe offered to submit more photographs (If Joe had additional, relevant, photographs he should have submitted them). • He offers the name and cell phone number of his witness (Joe's kidding, right?) • Joe should have submitted a witness certification, and a photograph of his witness observing the measurement of the distance from the pump to Joe's car Joe's pictures left gaps in the proof necessary to beat his parking ticket • Picture 1 shows the relationship of his car, the street address of the building, and the fire hydrant. Great. But, Joe should not have included a picture of a red parking sign located directly in front of his car. If it must be included, Joe should have submitted proof that his car didn't park in violation of the red sign. A parking ticket judge isn't going to give Joe the benefit of the doubt with the fire hydrant violation if he thinks Joe parked illegally, anyway. • Picture 2 shows a tape measure is stretched out between the fire hydrant and a strange car. Why not park your car where it was parked when the parking ticket was issued; or explain why there is an SUV in the picture (along with the red parking sign). • Picture 3 attempts to show the name of the street where Joe parked his Mustang. The only thing this picture proves is that Joe doesn't know how to present the proper proof, properly of a street address. Joe needs to submit overlapping photographs and the traffic sign at the corner. • Picture 4 shows a close up of the tape measure. Joe needs more pictures to demonstrate to a parking ticket judge's satisfaction that this is the actual measurement   7  
  • 8. This is part 2-2 of the blog series, “How to lose a Fire Hydrant Parking Ticket Hearing” In part 1 of our story, a wonderful member of the NYC driving community submitted his own defense letter and exhibits to fight a parking ticket for standing within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. The Evil Empire found Joe guilty. Much to Joe's chagrin, he was issued a second parking violation for the same offense a couple of weeks later. But, this time Joe asked Larry to fight the parking ticket. Joe's case is still pending. Here's the defense certification and exhibits Larry prepared to vanquish this evil orange epistle. You may wish to compare the two versions. Joe's defense certification prepared by Larry March 15, 2013 New York CityDepartment of Finance Hearing by Mail Unit Post Office Box 29021 Brooklyn, NY 11202-9021 Violation Code: 40 Fire Hydrant Dear Honorable Judge: I certify as follows: I plead not guilty to this parking violation. I did not park within 15 feet of the fire hydrant. I was issued a parking summons on Saturday February 16, 2013. I was walking back to my car from a church meeting with Bill Smith, a member of my church, when I saw the summons stuck under my wiper. I am a group leader in my church. We meet on Saturday mornings.   8  
  • 9. Our church is located down the block from the Azure (333 East 91 Street, NYC) at 316 East 91 Street, NYC). My church rents the “Promise Theater” building on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I returned to my church to get a tape measure to measure the distance I parked from the fire hydrant. Mr. Smith witnessed these measurements. We both observed that my car was parked more than 15 feet from the fire hydrant (Please see the witness certification from Mr. Smith). I took a series of photographs of my car parked in front of Azure, 333 East 91 Street, and also prepared images of Google Maps- Street View to submit in support of my defense. Please see the Exhibits attached hereto. Under these circumstances, please dismiss this parking ticket. Thank you. Respectfully yours, Joe Doe Certification I hereby certify that the foregoing statements made by me are true to the best of my knowledge. I am aware that if any of my testimony is willfully false, I am subject to punishment. I further certify to the truth and accuracy of all the exhibits attached hereto in support of my defense to this parking violation I further certify that I did not move my car from the parking space where it received a parking violation prior to taking the photographs attached hereto as exhibits in support of my defense. _________________________________ Joe Doe   9  
  • 10. The following exhibits were submitted in support of Joe's defense   10  
  • 11. Exhibit #1: Google Map view of the front of Azure (333 East 91 Street, NYC- the place of occurrence entered on the parking ticket) Exhibit #2: Google Map view of the front of the Azure showing street number and name of building (Azure)   11  
  • 12. Exhibit #3: The real estate listing for the Azure identifies the location of the building as 333 91 Street, NYC.   12  
  • 13. Exhibit #4: Another view of the front of Azure showing the parking signs and fire hydrant   13  
  • 14.                 Exhibit #5: This view is a close-up of the red parking sign. I included this exhibit to prove that Joe didn't violate the red no standing sign, or the street cleaning signs because he didn't park his car during the prohibited days/times. You don't want to leave the impression with a parking ticket judge that you violated a parking rule and got away with it.   14  
  • 15. These exhibits provide the judge with a birds eye view of the scene of the parking crime, while proving the place of occurrence on the parking ticket matches Joe's photographs of the scene of the parking crime.     Next we want to prove that Joe parked more than 15 feet from the fire hydrant     15  
  • 16. Exhibit #6: This is Joe's Mustang. I've removed the view of the front license plate (it must be included). This exhibit establishes Joe's car matches the description of the vehicle entered on the parking ticket, and is parked in front of the Azure. Exhibit #7: This exhibit provides a view of Joe's car, the witness, and the tape measure extended from the fire hydrant towards the Mustang.   16  
  • 17.   17  
  • 18. Exhibit #9: A view of the tape measure extended on the sidewalk near the rear bumper of the Joe's car   18  
  • 19.     Exhibit #10: A close up view of the tape measure showing that Joe's car was parked more than 15 feet away from the fire hydrant   19  
  • 20. It is difficult to defeat a parking ticket for standing within 15 feet of a fire hydrant when your defense is that you parked further away than 15 feet. A parking ticket judge may claim that you moved your chariot before taking the photographs. However, if you do a super job establishing the place of occurrence, and present photographic evidence of your measurement, along with a picture of your witness and a witness certification, you can beat this parking ticket. I've attempted to give you the recipe for success. Don't take any short cuts. You have a real good chance to right a wrong and win.   20  
  • 21. Do you need help fighting your NYC parking tickets? Contact Larry NOW at: New York Parking Ticket LLC larry@newyorkparkingticket.com 800-249-5048 You’ll be glad you did…and so will we   21