When a parking ticket is issued for a traffic violation, the violation goes to the registered owner of that vehicle, not the actual driver. A parking ticket violation is not a crime and can only be punished with a fine.
Contesting a parking ticket
Parking tickets can be contested by mail or in person. The parking ticket you received has the address of where to send the appeal. You have 7 days to contest the ticket. If you don’t contest within 7 days, the city will give you another opportunity by sending you a notice that you have 14 days to request a hearing. If there still is no response, a Notice of Determination will be sent to you, explaining that you have been found liable by default. This means that you were found responsible for the traffic violation since you weren’t there to fight the ticket. If you are found in default, you can still contest the ticket but you must go to court to request this.