As of July 1, 1993, parking citations were decriminalized and moved from the court’s jurisdiction to the jurisdiction of the cities and counties. The right to due process has not changed and there are procedures for contesting a citation.
Calaveras Parking Enforcement is a unit of the Angels Camp Police Department. Calaveras Parking Enforcement processes all parking citations issued in Calaveras County including parking citations issued by the Angels Camp Police Department, Calaveras Sheriff’s Department, and California Highway Patrol.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU RECEIVE A PARKING CITATION
A Notice of Parking/Registration Violation is sent to the registered owner explaining that a citation has been issued and when the parking penalty becomes delinquent. The notice includes a description of the violation, the license plate number, and the amount due.
The processing agency obtains the name and mailing address of the ticketed vehicle’s owner from the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You are required by law to provide the DMV with a current mailing address within ten days of a change in address. If you do not notify DMV of a move, you are still responsible for the parking penalty plus any penalty charges due from the citation.
PAY THE PARKING CITATION
If the citation is paid within the 21 calendar days from the issue date of the citation, no further action is required. You may pay the parking penalty BY MAIL to Calaveras Parking Enforcement, PO Box 459, Angels Camp, CA 95222. Or you may pay in person at the Angels Camp Police Department, 200 Monte Verda Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.
If the citation is not paid and the registered owner of the vehicle does not contest the citation within 21 calendar days from the issue date of the citation, the citation becomes delinquent and penalty charges will be assessed. A Notice of Delinquent Citation will be mailed to the registered owner.
If the citation is not paid within 14 calendar days of the mailing of the Notice of a Delinquent Citation the parking penalty plus penalty charges due will be turned over to a collection agency and a lien may be placed on the vehicle through the DMV. One will not be able to re-register their vehicle without paying all outstanding parking citations that have been liened.
CONTESTING A CITATION
Step #1 – The Initial Review
California Vehicle Code (CVC) section 40215 states, for a period of 21 calendar days from the issuance of the Notice of Parking Violation you may request an Initial Review by the processing agency. You can do this by requesting an Initial Review form from the Calaveras Parking Enforcement by mail, in person, or by telephone.
At this step of the contest action, the issuing agency will review the information provided by the contestant. Such information may include pictures and notarized statements from witnesses.
VALID OR INVALID?
After the processing agency reviews the citation, the agency will mail the result of the Initial Review to the contestant. The processing agency’s response will include the words valid or invalid. If the result is invalid, the citation is dismissed and no further action is required. If the result is valid, the contestant will be given 21 calendar days from the mailing of the result of the Initial Review to submit payment.
If you disagree with the result of the Initial Review, you may proceed to the next step of contesting the citation by requesting an Administrative Hearing. Failure to request an Administrative Hearing within 21 days of the mailing of the result of the Initial Review will result in the disposition of the Initial Review being deemed final and the right to appeal exhausted.
Step #2 – The Administrative Hearing
To have an Administrative Hearing, the contestant is required to deposit the original amount of the parking penalty with the processing agency by the 21st day following the mailing of the result of the Initial Review, along with the request to have a hearing either by mail or in-person. Late requests will not be accepted.
The Administrative Hearing gives the contestant an opportunity to present evidence to an independent Hearing Officer. The information provided by the contestant, which may include but is not limited to photographs, notarized statements from witnesses, and/or written documentation, assists the Hearing Officer in deciding whether the citation is valid or invalid.
If the Hearing Officer determines the citation to be invalid, the parking penalty amount will be refunded to the contestant within 30 calendar days of the hearing. If the Hearing Officer determines the citation to be valid, the contestant has the right to file an appeal with the Calaveras Superior Court within 30 calendar days of the hearing. Contact the Calaveras County Superior Court for instructions on how to file an appeal.
- Parking citations must be paid or an Initial Review requested within 21 calendar days of the Notice of Violation.
- Delinquent citations must be paid within 14 calendar days of the Notice of Delinquent Citation.
- Administrative Hearings must be requested within 21 calendar days of the mailing of the result of the Initial Review.
- Court Hearings must be requested to the Calaveras Superior Court within 30 calendar days of the Administrative Hearing.