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Ticket for parking on grass in my own yard(PARKING TICKET)

Posted on 06/10/2009 6:29:47 PM PDT by Jessica2677

Does anyone know if this is legal? We just got a parking ticket for parking in the grass in our own yard. The ticket says "can not park on grass or unpaved area(even if your own yard). I swear to god this is what the ticket says and its a $50 ticket that doubles to $100 then doubles to $200 Does anyone know anything about this law????


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1 posted on 06/10/2009 6:29:47 PM PDT by Jessica2677
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To: Jessica2677

Do you live in a blue state? If so, it’s not surprising. Either way, that sucks.


2 posted on 06/10/2009 6:31:45 PM PDT by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Jessica2677

Where are you located? City/state?


3 posted on 06/10/2009 6:31:59 PM PDT by BattleHymn
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To: Jessica2677

yes


4 posted on 06/10/2009 6:32:14 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (When the time comes, right thinking men will know what to do.)
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To: Jessica2677

Hire a lawyer.


5 posted on 06/10/2009 6:32:17 PM PDT by B-Chan
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To: BattleHymn

We are in Maryland. Prince George’s County


6 posted on 06/10/2009 6:32:47 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Jessica2677

Lot more info would be helpful. Such as location, state, city, who gave the ticket, etc. I suspect if it’s a legal ticket signed by an officer then you’d best answer the summons.


7 posted on 06/10/2009 6:32:52 PM PDT by deport
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To: Jessica2677

Let me guess....you live in a blue portion of a blue state.


8 posted on 06/10/2009 6:32:53 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Jessica2677

Do you have deed restrictions on the lot where you own your home?


9 posted on 06/10/2009 6:33:18 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: Jessica2677

Do you live in an area with a Home Owners’ Association? They make some pretty Stalinesque rules. Were you in the city’s right-of-way, even though in front of your house?

Would think you’d get a warning first.


10 posted on 06/10/2009 6:33:36 PM PDT by madison10
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To: B-Chan

I should file Trespassing charges.


11 posted on 06/10/2009 6:33:37 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Jessica2677

Local ordinances - check ‘em out.


12 posted on 06/10/2009 6:34:10 PM PDT by Libloather (Tea Totaler)
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To: Jessica2677

No one parks on their lawns in my neighborhood.


13 posted on 06/10/2009 6:34:31 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: Jessica2677
Probably a local ordinance. You can try to take it to court but I don't think anyone has ever won.
14 posted on 06/10/2009 6:34:32 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: Jessica2677

Some places it is legal. It was probably enacted to prevent people from leaving junk cars on their front yard. In one town I lived in, it was illegal to park your car overnight on the street in front of your house. It had to be parked in the driveway.


15 posted on 06/10/2009 6:34:54 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Jessica2677

Parking on the grass is an environmental codes violation in Metro Nashville. Fifty-buck fine here, too.


16 posted on 06/10/2009 6:35:00 PM PDT by fullchroma (I want my country back.)
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To: madison10

No there’s no homeowners assoc. The car was parked 4 feet from our front door.


17 posted on 06/10/2009 6:35:13 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Jessica2677

I see your tag line is the following:
(Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)

You have now have an excellent to chance to do likewise with citations from the local gov’t. Let us know how it works out.


18 posted on 06/10/2009 6:35:13 PM PDT by deport
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To: Jessica2677

I only have two words for you and Terminator agrees “ GET OUT”!


19 posted on 06/10/2009 6:35:18 PM PDT by eastforker (Lately the threads on FR are either about (.)l(.) or ( ! ))
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To: Jessica2677

Life in blue America today. Ain’t it sweet?


20 posted on 06/10/2009 6:36:23 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: Jessica2677

Maryland is a crazy, leftist state.

The only thing I can think of that might justify such a ticket is that in most states there is a public right-of-way that extends from the center of the road a certain distance into your yard. In Vermont, I think it’s 25 feet from the center of a class 3 road like the one we’re on.

There’s no rule here about parking on your own grass, but it is technically a public right-of-way. Probably the same or similar in Maryland.

Then there’s the whole crazy business of zoning laws, which can regulate what is allowed to be on a lawn. No clothes lines allowed, for instance, in many housing areas, although clothes lines are a good way to save energy.


21 posted on 06/10/2009 6:36:40 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Jessica2677

The ticket must cite an ordanance that’s been violated....??


22 posted on 06/10/2009 6:37:21 PM PDT by G Larry (ObamaCare = "DYING IN LINE!")
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To: Jessica2677

It’s a city by city thing. Sometimes neighborhood by neighborhood.

I’ve never heard of not being able to park on the grass, but I’ve heard of not being allowed to park on the street, or not being allowed to park in such a way that your car blocks pedestrians from walking on the sidewalk. This means that if your car is in your driveway but a pedestrian on the sidewalk must walk around your car to get from the sidewalk on the left of your driveway to the sidewalk on the right of your driveway...you are in violation. You don’t actually have to be parked on the sidewalk to get busted for this violation.

Some neighborhoods won’t even let you park in your own driveway PERIOD. You MUST park in your garage.


23 posted on 06/10/2009 6:38:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: deport

I guess they will get you either way...


24 posted on 06/10/2009 6:39:11 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Jessica2677
You can't. They have the right to come on to your property to check out a violation.

We had a time with one of our local code people over a upright freezer we had in the carport. They kept leaving us notices that we had to take the door off. We pointed out that the rest of the code stated that being locked (which it was) was another option.

Finally told the city that we were going to sue them for harassment if they didn't stop. They stopped.

25 posted on 06/10/2009 6:39:18 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: trumandogz

Not only do I park my truck on the grass from time to time, I also park my tractor there also.


26 posted on 06/10/2009 6:39:28 PM PDT by eastforker (Lately the threads on FR are either about (.)l(.) or ( ! ))
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To: Jessica2677

Was your car parked on cinder blocks?


27 posted on 06/10/2009 6:40:24 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: G Larry

I agree with a lot of posters, what the heck are you doing parking on the grass? I don’t care if it’s yours or Yankee Stadium. It’s a trailer trash habit that just devalues your home and the community. Double park if you must, but never ever park or let someone park on your grass( exception is if you have a lot of property behind the house that will hide the car from view.


28 posted on 06/10/2009 6:41:04 PM PDT by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: mamelukesabre

There is no sidewalk....there are bushes that line the front of the yard and then about 30 feet and you your at my front door...the car is parked in between the bushes and the house on our property.


29 posted on 06/10/2009 6:41:06 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Jessica2677
I was told that once in Florida, I move out of the state not to long after that.
30 posted on 06/10/2009 6:41:12 PM PDT by org.whodat ("Way past time for new commodities regulation")
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To: Jessica2677

With all due respect, parking in a front lawn for any period of time will trash up a neighborhood. I don’t have any idea about your situation, but in most cases the rule makes a lot of sense and reflects a common courtesy that should be extended whether or not there is an ordinance prohibiting it. I am surprised you weren’t given a warning though.


31 posted on 06/10/2009 6:41:54 PM PDT by plymaniac (2010=1994)
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To: Drango

No it has four tires and it even has tags on it.


32 posted on 06/10/2009 6:42:05 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Jessica2677

So much for Property Rights :(


33 posted on 06/10/2009 6:42:50 PM PDT by dbrew2u
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To: Jessica2677
I've had the San Diego Police Department ticket my Porsched 914 parked in my driveway. It had current registration, insurance and was spit polish clean. It was declared a "nuisance". The local "meter maid" was having trouble meeting quotas, so multiple people in the neighborhood were targeted. I just parked the car in the garage. That "fixed" the problem. I'm pretty sure parking on the lawn would have drawn a similar ticket, but in that case, it would have been justified. The neighborhood shouldn't be turned into a trashy site with cars on bricks on the front lawn.
34 posted on 06/10/2009 6:43:31 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Jessica2677
See Parking Crackdown Means Hefty Fines. Remember this at the ballot box and remind your neighbors.
35 posted on 06/10/2009 6:43:57 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("I've conquered my goddam willpower." Don Marquis)
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To: Jessica2677

Here in Tampa it’s a big no-no. I’ve called code on people a few times (after warning them myself of course).


36 posted on 06/10/2009 6:44:03 PM PDT by WackySam (The fact that there are 24 hours in a day, and 24 beers in a case, is not a coincidence.)
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To: shadeaud

We have 4 cars and a cargo trailer so wew kindof play musical cars in the driveway....what does it matter its my yard.....


37 posted on 06/10/2009 6:44:47 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: Jessica2677

Those kinds of tickets are usually only written if a neighbor calls in and complains. Cops don’t really have time to go driving around looking for cars parked on someones own lawn.

Find out who is doing the complaining and let them know you know what they did.


38 posted on 06/10/2009 6:44:50 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: shadeaud

Excuse me, not everyone that CAN park on the grass is trailertrash. If it is mine I’ll park it anywhere I want.


39 posted on 06/10/2009 6:45:33 PM PDT by eastforker (Lately the threads on FR are either about (.)l(.) or ( ! ))
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To: Jessica2677

Move out of MD.


40 posted on 06/10/2009 6:45:51 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is an illegal alien)
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To: Kirkwood

That one makes perfect sense in Michigan in the winter. Picture trying to plow the snow with a lot of cars parked on the side of the street. I know a guy who lost his job as lot boy at a car dealership many years ago because the snow drift he plowed was 60% snow and 40% Cadillac. This law would put the responsibility on the car owner.


41 posted on 06/10/2009 6:46:38 PM PDT by magslinger (The first dog has papers but the President doesn't. How interesting!-cubsfanconswoman)
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To: Jessica2677
That sucks, but it is a common ordinance in a lot of places, almost always local. It's either usually for environmental or to fight blight, which is what I'd expect in Prince George's County considering it's a DC suburb. These are rather intrusive, but they are almost always constitutional in the eyes of the courts. I'd find the exact wording of the ordinance and look it up in your municipality issuing the citation, either County or City.

I recommend paying it early, since it probably doesn't go on your traffic or driving record (at least that's the case in my state), and if you wait it will cost more money. If you fight this, you'll pay court costs as well and/or attorney fees.

My guess is that some busybody called the cops on you. If you can find out who it was, look up a bunch of ordinances and then get some paybacks when they do something like this.

42 posted on 06/10/2009 6:47:39 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (We do what we have to do.)
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To: bmwcyle

I agree with that I am sick of MD.


43 posted on 06/10/2009 6:48:01 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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To: bmwcyle

Are you on a golf course, do they mow under your 1953 Desoto, does the car run? Why don’t you just park the thing in the driveway..why not just drive it into the kitchen.....


44 posted on 06/10/2009 6:48:12 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: mamelukesabre

It was WS, see post 36, I hate people like that.


45 posted on 06/10/2009 6:48:20 PM PDT by eastforker (Lately the threads on FR are either about (.)l(.) or ( ! ))
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To: Jessica2677

I just had a code inspector for the city of Charlotte, NC, tell me that if I wanted to keep more cars and boats than my drive would hold, I would have to put paving stones under the tires of anything not in the driveway. The trash pickup guys turned me in for a reward.


46 posted on 06/10/2009 6:48:33 PM PDT by Big_Harry ( Thank God I am an "Infidel"!)
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To: magslinger
I know a guy who lost his job as lot boy at a car dealership many years ago because the snow drift he plowed was 60% snow and 40% Cadillac.

Ohboy.

47 posted on 06/10/2009 6:49:17 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: Kirkwood
In one town I lived in, it was illegal to park your car overnight on the street in front of your house

That's how it is in most cities in my state during the winter. Snow emergency law. That one actually makes sense because the roadplows are significant to public safety.

48 posted on 06/10/2009 6:49:27 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (We do what we have to do.)
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To: Jessica2677
How long had your car been parked on the grass? Had the grass grown up around your car? Were the tires flat? Had your car begun to rust? Were parts of your car starting to fall off? Had varmints started living in your car?

I suspect these were the kind of things the law intended to prevent. If your car had been there only while you were unloading things from it, it was pretty stupid to ticket you.

49 posted on 06/10/2009 6:49:49 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: mamelukesabre

Thats probably right, I should buy 1000 pink flamigos and see how much that person likes looking at those.
I understand the whole law of not having a broken down car in your yard and besides most of the people in this neighborhood dont have driveways...some of them have dirt.


50 posted on 06/10/2009 6:50:48 PM PDT by Jessica2677 (Lets all stop paying taxes....change your deductions to EXEMPT!)
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