Contest Your Parking Ticket

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Citations issued for violations of City of Crystal Lake parking ordinances may be contested if you believe they were issued in error. The citations are contested through a hearing process called "Administrative Adjudication" and may be done on-line, in writing or in person. An Administrative Law Judge evaluates your statement and any evidence you submit to contest the citation in order to make a determination as to the validity of the citation.

To contest a parking violation online go to http://www.crystallake.org and click the I Want To… link.


When you contest a parking citation online, you are waiving your right to an in-person hearing. You will be notified of the Administrative Law Judge’s decision by mail.


To contest a parking violation in writing:

  • Complete and print the parking ticket contest form.
  • Print clearly and provide all of the information requested.
  • Be concise about why you believe the ticket was issued in error when filling out your "Statement/Testimony."

When you contest a parking citation in writing, you are waiving your right to an in-person hearing. You will be notified of the Administrative Law Judge’s decision by mail.


To contest a parking violation in-person:

  • Send the ticket back in the provided envelope and mark the envelope with an "X" next to "Request for Personal Appearance Hearing."


OR

  • Call the Administrative Adjudication Office at 815.459.2020 ext. 4273.


Failure to Appear at a Scheduled In-Person Hearing:


If you have a valid reason for not appearing at your scheduled Hearing date you may provide a written petition within 14 days of the original Hearing date, to request a new Hearing date. Mail or deliver the petition to the City of Crystal Lake, Administrative Adjudication Division, 100 W. Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014.


Valid reasons for not appearing at your scheduled Hearing may include:

  1. A serious illness or accident involving the defendant, a close family member, or the defendant's domestic partner.
  2. A death involving the defendant, a close family member, or the defendant's domestic partner.
  3. A verifiable emergency involving the defendant, a close family member, or the defendant's domestic partner.
  4. The defendant was out of the state or country from the period the violation was issued until and including the date of the Administrative Hearing.
  5. The defendant was prevented from having knowledge of the violation from the period of issuance until and including the date of Administrative Hearing due to incarceration, hospitalization, or being otherwise institutionalized.


The Administrative Adjudication Division will send a letter advising you of your new Hearing date, if warranted, or if the Administrative Law Judge’s Determination of Liability will stand.


Failure to respond to the Final Determination letters can ultimately result in collection activity, vehicle immobilization, and driver’s license suspension.