I assume that paying it has made it "real".
That might be a good thing; since you're the only club that seems to be interested in fighting this fight, you could set the precedent that having customers isn't a crime.
Otherwise, they could continue harassing you with mysterious disappearing tickets.
Alternatively, both the ticket and the money could disappear from the system. But that's too pessimistic to be an actual outcome, right? Right?
But that's too pessimistic to be an actual outcome, right?
Oh, you innocent fluffy bunny.
You have to pay it before you dispute it?!? That sounds like something the old Soviets would have come up with.
Edit: Come to think about it, everything about your predicament sounds like something the Soviets would have come up with.
Many things about American government sound like something the old Soviets would have come up with. To wit, the preface to my Lonely Planet Eastern Europe guidebook said something like,
'It used to be that taking pictures of anything deemed strategic, like bridges and train stations, would get you thrown in jail. Things are considerably more relaxed these days, but you should still avoid photographing actual military installations.'
Suffice to say, taking photographs of strategic installations such as bridges and train stations can be a very bad idea in the US these days.
I'm not sure how this works for things that are not traffic citations, but if it works the same way, your deadline to pay is extended until it "goes into the system."
If that's the case then next time (hopefully there won't be one), you should be able to call the courthouse to find out ahead of time, and also find out when the new deadline to pay is. You might even be able to pay online (as I did with my traffic citation recently). It did mean a once a week call to the courthouse, but that was only 5 minutes each time. Better than 3 hours standing in line, for sure.
If it's not applicable, then I at least hope this is helpful information for readers who've gotten traffic citations in SF.
@ltharris74:You don't have to pay before you dispute it, IIRC - if you don't pay it you are promising to show up in court on the date specified, which is where you'd dispute it. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong (because I too would like to know for next time).
So can we assume that Officer Dickwad is deliberately not putting these citations into the system?
Jamie,In the future, should you receive another of these erroneous tickets... Wait for the club to receive a copy of said ticket in the mail before moving forward with payment, or protest. Like parking tickets and moving violations, they are supposed to send you another copy in the mail once it has been filed and processed, within a month on average.If you dont get this second ticket within a month, you can call and check on status of a ticket (citation #) before going in, and avoid this from happening in the future...
Like parking tickets and moving violations, they are supposed to send you another copy in the mail once it has been filed and processed, within a month on average.
Huh, I did not know this was a thing that happened. I mean, it makes sense - if some jerk pulls a ticket off your windshield, you might not know you ever received one - but hm.