My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: California
I parked in a regular parking spot, which happened to be next to a handicapped spot. I fed a meter and went to a movie. While there I was issued a ticket for parking in a handicapped spot by the City of Alameda. It said in the notes section of the ticket, "Wheels touching handicapped parking lines".
I took photos of my vehicle which clearly show that I wasn't parked on any lines or in the handicapped spot itself. I even went back a second time to make sure I wasn't wrong and took photos again. I've written two letters contesting the ticket which go to a private servicing agent to review. Both were sent back stating that the ticket was valid. (I suspect they weren't even reviewed) I took the case before a "hearing officer" at the City Hall who said he wasn't a "city employee" at the outset of the hearing. I plead my case and showed the photos. He said I argued a good case and as I was leaving and shook my hand. But still the determination which came in the mail today said the ticket was valid.
I have one more shot to argue this case in a Superior County Court. I don't understand how any reasonable person could think I, given my evidence, that I was in violation of the parking rule. I'm not lying and I didn't do anything wrong. I don't know what more to say in my defense. I just didn't do it. Part of the problem seems to be that they presume I'm guilty just from having received the ticket. As if I'm guilty til I can prove my own innocence. And even then what I provided didn't convince them. There was no acknowledgement that the issuing officer (I presume a human) could make a mistake.
What do I do? I can't afford to pay this fine. It's $365. And, I understand that it will be a point against my on my insurance. Help!