My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: California
I live in a townhouse where the garages are reached via an alley that goes behind the homes. The entire alley is apparently a tow-away zone. The side of the alley with the garages has signs saying that the alley is a fire lane while the opposite side has the red stripe.
My aunt parked her car in front of my garage at 5:45pm (exact) to drop off a few things, and we had the garage door open with the light on. We also had two other cars in the garage, so it was obvious we were home.
At around 6:20, we realized that the car was missing, and we found out that it had been towed after calling the sheriff. Can they tow the car away without even notifying us of the violation? If the tow was for the sake of public safety, the towing company's action is underinclusive, as we could've been asked to move the car. Moreover, they didn't even leave a note or anything.
Later, we found out that the car was towed away from the property at 6:10pm (exact), and the tow company guy tells me the truck driver waited 20 minutes (I'm gonna call the tow company tomorrow morning to get the exact time). That means the driver arrived just 5 minutes after my aunt parked her car. Predatory towing or a huge, huge coincidence? What can I do?