My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: California
I am from Europe and recently came to California for a few days. I was unlucky and my rented car was towed by the police.
We had to go to the sheriff, pay $200 and get it. According to the guy there, this was the end of the matter as he couldn't have given us the vehicle back unless the full amount was cleared.
4 months down the road, I received a letter for the city of west hollywood saying that I owe them $85 for parking at the wrong place. But what is that? Haven't I already paid more than enough and wasn't the matter cleared? Can they arbitrarily re-calculate things like that and issue new fines for old , already paid, parking tickets? Isn't that utterly weird?
I of course opted no to care about it, because I think they are just greedy, unlawful and capitalising. However, can someone confirm that there are indeed no implications for foreign nationals avoiding these citations? As far as I can see, their jurisdiction is very limited and has nothing to do with federal law.