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New York man sings the blues after his van is towed and sold

Everyone in New York knows the heart dropping feeling they get when they see the dreaded parking ticket on their car. And no one needs reminding of how vicious the enforcement is if you don't pay them either.

A local New York City singer-songwriter and painter now knows the feeling after his van was not only towed, but sold at auction while he was on a trip out of the country after accruing several unpaid parking tickets.

Apparently, there was a breakdown in communication between the singer and his manager regarding whether his $361 parking tickets had been paid and whether his van had been taken to the garage where it was to be repaired.

So when the singer returned home from his trip to Mexico, he discovered that the tickets had not, in fact, been paid and that his van had not only been towed away from the garage but had been sold at auction as well.

The city marshal who seized the car claims to have talked to a representative of the singer, and had told the person that the car would be sold if the fines were not paid. A few days after the phone conversation, a written notice was then apparently sent to the singer stating that the vehicle would be put up for auction if he did not settle the fines within 10 days.

Officials say the marshal's office received no communication and therefore seized the van and auctioned it accordingly.

The singer's attorney admits that the city apparently followed the letter of the law in taking custody of the car. The only thing they can hope for is that the new owner of the vehicle will take pity on the singer and return his belongings that were in the van when it was taken.

Situations such as this can be frustrating and overwhelming, but with the assistance of an experienced traffic violations lawyer, you may get a better understanding of your rights and help prevent situations like this from happening to you.

Source: The New York Times, "After Unpaid Tickets, Singer's Van is Towed and Sold," James C. McKinley Jr., Aug. 27, 2012

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