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    Default Unattended Vehicle Ticket After Theft

    My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: Ohio

    My car was stolen this morning while I was in a gas station. I left the car running, but was never more than 15 ft away, the vehicle was in view, and I was inside for about 30 seconds. Not a bad part of town by any stretch. You can imagine my surprise when after taking my statement the officer issued me a $70 ticket for leaving my car running. At this point I think I'm actually more angry with the ticket than the theft of my car. Is there any argument I can make in court? Is it relevant that the charge was based solely on my statement? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Unattended Vehicle Ticket After Theft

    Is there any argument I can make in court?
    Given that you did, in fact, leave your car running and you did, in fact, walk away from it while it was running?

    No. I can't imagine what kind of argument you could possibly make.

    Granted, the ticket seems like insult added to injury, but I don't think that's going to fly with the judge.

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    Default Re: Unattended Vehicle Ticket After Theft

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    My question involves a traffic citation from the state of: Ohio

    My car was stolen this morning while I was in a gas station. I left the car running, but was never more than 15 ft away, the vehicle was in view, and I was inside for about 30 seconds. Not a bad part of town by any stretch. You can imagine my surprise when after taking my statement the officer issued me a $70 ticket for leaving my car running. At this point I think I'm actually more angry with the ticket than the theft of my car. Is there any argument I can make in court? Is it relevant that the charge was based solely on my statement? Thanks.

    An arrest and OR a citation/ticket MUST be based on probable cause.

    Two elements are present here.

    1. Your car was stolen within an extremely short time frame, indicating either the keys were left in the ignition or the thief was very very fast at jumping wires, etc.

    2. Your admission of the act.


    I don't see any valid argument that probable cause did not exist.

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