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Contest a Citation
Contesting a citation must be made within 21 days from the date of the citation or 14 days from the date of Notice of Illegal Parking. Failure to do so will result in added late fees to the original bail amount.
To contest a citation, fill out the Initial Review Form or stop by the Solano College Police Department located on the Fairfield campus, Building 1800B. Read the instructions carefully before filling out the form. Print, sign, and date the form and mail to:
Parking Enforcement Center
P O Box 57090
Irvine CA 92619-7090
Be sure to give a thorough explanation in the Statement of Facts. For additional space, use a separate sheet of paper and attach to the form. The explanation is all the reviewer has to go by.
Be sure all information required is correct. Failure to do so may result in delays in processing.
A review will be conducted and notification of the decision will be mailed to the address on the form. This process can take 4-6 weeks to complete. During this process, the registered owner of the vehicle that received the citation will receive a "Notice of Illegal Parking" with a payment due. No payment is required during the appeal process. Call 866.470.1306 to ensure the appeal was received.
Do not assume a citation is dismissed if a response is not received regarding the appeal. It may have been delayed, lost in the mail, or never received. Call 866.470.1306 for assistance.
Disabled Parking Citations
When contesting a citation (add link for interactive pdf form) for a disabled parking violation, attach a copy of the DMV printout showing proof of ownership for the disabled placard or plates. If proof is not provided, it will result in a delay of the process.
General Reasons why a Citation Won't Be Dismissed
The following are some commonly listed reasons for violating parking regulations. While these reasons may seem valid to the violator, they do not address the laws of the State and policies of Solano College. These reasons, generally, will not result in the citation being dismissed, or the violator being successful in contesting the citation.
I did not see the sign; I did not understand the sign; I did not know
Drivers are required to look for signs when parking and know the rules and regulations of Solano College. This may mean checking an entire lot from corner to corner or contact Parking Services prior to arrival on campus. Drivers are also required to abide by the directions on the sign. A person indicating that they did not see a sign preventing parking or requiring a specific permit is not an acceptable excuse.
Running a short errand
No errand, no matter how short or how important to the driver, besides a bonafide medical emergency, is an acceptable excuse for illegal parking. While a short errand is a very common excuse, it is not a valid reason for illegal parking.
I was only a few minutes
This explanation is one of the most common claims. Even if true, parking without a valid parking permit or in a prohibited area is illegal.
I've done it for years; Everybody does it
This is never a valid excuse for parking illegally. Nobody should be rewarded for getting away with prior violations.
I was told I could park there; An official saw me park and did not say anything
Generally speaking, employees have no authority to give permission to break the law. Whenever possible, an officer will caution about illegal parking, but silence by an official does not waive parking restrictions.
Nobody else got a ticket
Sometimes this excuse is raised as discriminatory enforcement. The officer may have had to leave the area before checking all the vehicles; however, a citation stands on its own.
The violation has not been enforced in the past
This normally is not the case, however, inadequate staffing or other priorities may give rise to violations not being enforced continually, but nowhere does apparent failure to enforce parking laws constitute a valid excuse for illegal parking.
Someone else drove my vehicle
Under the law, the registered owner (R/O) has joint responsibility with whoever was driving the vehicle. The R/O, renter, or lessee is responsible for the parking citation.