Los Angeles, CA asked in Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for California

Q: My boyfriend's car was towed 30 minutes before the 72 hour notice had completed a full 72 hours.

My boyfriend and I live together and we have a car which is in pretty bad shape and is barely running. We do our best to move the car every couple of days but every once in a while we get the 72 hour parking violation notice on the car. Well we recently received a 72 hour notice given at 10:30am. This Friday morning was the 3rd day but the city worker arrived just before 10:00am already calling the tow truck. She actually wrote the ticket for 72 hour vehicle storage at 9:56am. This city worker actually physically stopped my boyfriend from moving his car and called the police and created this huge scene right out side of the apartment complex we live at. Had we known at the moment that it was before the 72 hours we would have had her stop immediately but whether or not it was her intention to distract us we are unsure. To make matters worse we cannot even go to speak to anyone about this issue because their offices are closed Friday through Sunday. Please let us know of any suggestions.

1 Lawyer Answer

Robert James Reynolds

Answered
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Sorry this happened to you. This is probably long after the fact.

I can't give a good opinion without knowing all of the facts, but this should give you some direction so that you can find the answers you are seeking.

If the tow occurs before the "72-hour" law was violated, it is likely not a valid citation but if you don't have the means to fight the ticket that does not help much.

In the future, just document what is occurring with time-stamped photographs. E-mail them to yourself and a third-party, too, so you can establish a timeline, if necessary.

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