What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
I received a letter in the mail from the City of Los Angeles stating the following:
"You have incurred additional collection fees and are now assigned to a collection agency for not satisfying the outstanding citation in a timely manner. (Per California Vehicle Code Section 40200.3 and Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 89.60)."
The date the citation was supposedly issued was 11/12/10 at 8:22am on 1706 Federal Ave S. The violation was for no park/street clean. The total amount due is $179, which includes a $21 collection fee and $158 fine/penalty.
The issue that I have is that I never received the original citation in the first place. When I drove the car on 11/12/10, there was no citation on the vehicle.
Here is what Section 40200 of the law reads:
"Parking Violation: Procedure
40200. (a) Any violation of any regulation that is not a misdemeanor governing the standing or parking of a vehicle under this code, under any federal statute or regulation, or under any ordinance enacted by local authorities is subject to a civil penalty. The enforcement of those civil penalties shall be governed by the civil administrative procedures set forth in this article.
(b) Except as provided in Section 40209, the registered owner and driver, rentee, or lessee of a vehicle cited for any violation of any regulation governing the parking of a vehicle under this code, under any federal statute or regulation, or under any ordinance enacted by a local authority shall be jointly liable for parking penalties imposed under this article, unless the owner can show that the vehicle was used without consent of that person, express or implied. An owner who pays any parking penalty, civil judgment, costs, or administrative fees pursuant to this article shall have the right to recover the same from the driver, rentee, or lessee.
(c) The driver of a vehicle who is not the owner thereof but who uses or operates the vehicle with the express or implied permission of the owner shall be considered the agent of the owner to receive notices of parking violations served in accordance with this article and may contest the notice of violation."
How do I properly appeal or resolve this issue? Thanks.