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Is this hearing the Office of Administrative Hearings? If so, I have experience with that process, and it’s not as lawyerly as the notice sounds. What happened when I got tagged with a violation (a “Notice of Violation”) was that a hearing was scheduled (I actually appealed DPW’s issuance because they didn’t respond) in OAH.
The hearing was relatively informal. The “judge” didn’t require people to stand, and basically asked what the issue was. I explained. I brought photos but never needed to show them. In your case, I would bring your photos and the violation, to explain it’s the wrong house. My hearing lasted all of 15-20 minutes, because more explanation was needed than it sounds like you have.
In my case, the city’s “lawyer”, who I think wasn’t a lawyer but rather a paralegal-type person with knowledge of how the system worked, basically acknowledged that the violation was not a violation. The judge wanted the case to go away and was happy to hear the DC lawyer say that it would go away.
Keep in mind the burden of proof is on the city. As a technical matter they may already have failed. Perhaps you can call the office that issued the notice and point out that they haven’t even attached any evidence, and get out of the hearing.
I don’t know what to tell you about the $75–that’s a tough call. Perhaps you can schedule it to minimize missed work. In my case, the fine was $500 so definitely worth it. My inclination would still be to fight it.