If you got a parking ticket in the city of Albany between June, 2017 and January, 2018, you might be off the hook.
City officials say about 40,000 tickets that were issued during that time lacked required information about the cars, specifically, things like registration expiration date, registration type, and body type.
"It appears that the vendor, who helps put together these hand-held devices, did not put in this critical information," said WGY legal analyst Paul Harding of Martin, Harding, and Mazzotti. "Lots and lots of tickets were issued, and at this point, the tickets are deficient."
The city's Parking Authority says about 30,000 have already paid the fine, but those who haven't can challenge them in Traffic Court, and ask to have them dismissed.
"Look at the ticket," Harding said. "If the ticket does not have that critical information, my best guess is that it's going to get dismissed."
But, if you've already paid your ticket, that's it. There's no going back.
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