Topic: Disputing DPW Ticket – Hearing Scheduled, what do I do?
Disputing DPW Ticket – Hearing Scheduled, what do I do?
On May 2, 2011 we were cited with “Illegal deposits in public space”. The fine was for $75.
Attached to the citation was a photograph — of a property that was clearly not mine. Further, it was not any other home in our alley.
I attempted to contact DPW without success, and eventually sent in a dispute within the specified 14 day period. I attached a photograph of our home (it referred to the rear of the home) as part of the dispute.
Fast forward to late December. We received a notice from the city stating that a hearing is scheduled for January 11, 2012. I guess this post is mostly about frustration, but perhaps someone can give me insight on how it should be handled. I don’t want to let this slide, but taking an afternoon off from work is worth more than $75 for me. On the other hand, I think this is what they are hoping I will decide. In addition, if I don’t appear the fine will double. There is also a lot of legal-speak in the notice regarding submitting evidence and witnesses. I don’t feel I am qualified for such a task, but I am certainly not going to hire a lawyer for a $75 fine. Is a letter and photographic evidence not sufficient for DPW? Am I going to need more evidence for the hearing than a photograph of the rear of my home?
Of particular concern to me is this piece in the letter: “The witness list, copies of documents, photographs, or other items or papers that you file must contain a certificate of service stating that you sent them to the party’s representative(s), whose address(es) are found on page 6.” What do I need to do to obtain such a certificate? I want to be sure that both the original citation photograph and my photograph are entered into evidence.
Lastly, the notice says, “NOTE: A copy of any statement, document, photograph or other exhibit filed by the Respondent with the plea of Deny is attached to this Order.” However, the original photograph is conveniently missing from the attached documentation.
Any help, comiseration, or bashing is welcome. Thanks for reading my rant!