My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: Texas
I recently received a ticket for parking in handicap spot on the street outside of my apartment. I had moved here 2 days prior and when I parked here, I had not yet seen the half scratched off paint on the road, which was also partially covered by the back end of a large Suburban. There were white diagonal lines between the space and the pavement, but no sign suspended the 60" as required by Texas Law. The curb was painted white and all that it said was "Parallel Parking". Thus, beside the old paint on the street, there were no other designations to mark this as a handicap spot.
I met with a prosecutor and he said there was nothing he could do because he was not familiar with the area. Now I can go to court and risk losing the trial which will cost a minimum of $500 and go on my record. Or I can pay $250 to get it dismissed since I am a first time offender. I am 23 and in my 7 years of driving, have never received any other violation.
Should I just pay the $250 or take a risk and go to trial? What are my chances?