GUIDE TO BEAT TICKETS WRITTEN BY A JUDGE
By JEREMY OLSHAN, New York Post
Never pay a parking ticket – without a fight.
That’s the advice of former parking-violations Judge Haskell Nussbaum, whose new book, "Beat That Parking Ticket," offers inside tips on getting summonses tossed out.
Most New Yorkers don’t bother contesting tickets, which they tend to view as an infuriating but unavoidable cost of city life.
Nussbaum, 37, disagrees.
"Every ticket is worth fighting," he told The Post.
Of the small percentage of those ticketed who bother to defend themselves, many are unfamiliar with the parking rules and offer lame excuses or self-incriminating evidence, he said.
Sob stories will get you nowhere, Nussbaum says. Technicalities are far more effective.
"Argue some sort of legal or rational reason," he said. "If you want to convince somebody, you’ve got to give them a chance to ask you questions – so show up in person."
Judges are told to be careful about the repercussions of their rulings.
"Our decisions always have to pass the ‘front page of The Post,’ " a senior judge told Nussbaum. "Every guilty verdict has the potential to embarrass us."
Although Nussbaum recommends bringing in documentation, including photos or doctor’s notes, he says to leave the ticket itself at home.
That’s because the digital scans the city takes of each ticket are often too unreadable – grounds for instant dismissal.
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