My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: New York / Nassau County
Need advice. I was pulled over and received a ticket for an expired inspection and No insurance card on 2/24/2009. I appeared in court on 3/09/2009 and plead not guilty to both, got my car inspected on 2/09/2009 returned to the court and got the charge reduced (not dismissed unfortunately) to a lesser fine ($90) due on 3/23/2009.
I get a letter in the mail reminding me to pay the fine as it is past due, so i go online and pay. Fine. I pay it, no problem.
I return to court (5/6/09) to clear the Insurance ticket, got that dismissed and the judge mentions i still owe them money for the expired inspection. Strange, i could have sworn i paid that online...I pay another $90 thinking maybe the online transaction didn't go through. I got home to check the receipt online and in my email.
Low and behold, I look over the letter i received and the fine i paid online was for a parking ticket for the same offense (Inspection) issued on 2/8/09 and the fine was due on 3/23/2009, the same date the original ticket payment was due. Insanely coincidental...
1) I was ticketed twice for the same offense. Is this legal?
2) If not, being that I paid for one ticket, can i get the other refunded/dismissed?
Any input would be helpful as I am out almost $200 on craziness and confusion. Thanks in advance.