By MBoomer - 16/11/2016 06:36
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Well played, Occifer. Should have known it was a trap it's 2016 haha
Damn.. Is there anyway you can figure out if it was the same cop who ticketed you? If so I'd definitely fight that! Well.. Either way I'd try to fight the ticket saying that a cop told you it was okay to park there, unfortunately, things may not go in your favor. It's really not fair, I'm sorry OP :( I hope you can get outta that.
I doubt you can fight that, unless the ticket really was unlawful (I doubt it). Unless you have at least two witnesses (one is usually not enough) to the cop telling you that, you have no case. The cop will simply deny it. And even IF you have witnesses, the law still outclasses one cop. The cop might get a warning for giving you incorrect information, but I doubt the ticket will be rescinded since it was still a lawful ticket...
Well, if you were parked for 4 hours in a spot that has a time limit (like 20 min, 2 hours, or anything in between) then there's no way that you are getting out of the ticket. You asked the cop if it was free parking, and he said yes. Neither of you brought up time limits. But if it was a faded red curb, unmarked bus stop, or some other "no parking anytime of day" situation: definitely fight that shit. The cop was a dumbass and the city needs to properly mark those things.
I would take a picture of the parking spot. Then say where are the signs saying it was a restricted parking spot? Take a picture of the curb and your surroundings. Then fight the ticket. If you are not sure, then it is more than likely there is not a clear sign of it being restricted. Thus, leaving the idea that it is a free parking spot.
Actually, cops ARE by law required to tell you the truth in pretty much every country, unless you live in a seriously skewed backwater place :P. It still won't help you with the ticket. If the ticket was issued correctly, a cop giving you incorrect information won't get your ticket rescinded. It is still your responsibility to check the situation.