If you fight a New York City parking ticket and lose, you have 30 days to appeal. If you fail to answer it and a fine is imposed by default, you have 30 days to pay it. A judgment is entered against the recipient of the parking ticket shortly after the expiration of either one of these 30-day periods. Absent a reasonable excuse for the default and meritorious defense to the offense, it is at this point that you have only two options: pay the full amount or ignore it.
Note that the “hearing complete” designation on the Department of Finance web site does not include the date the judge makes a finding of guilt. So while the 30 days begins to run from the date of decision, you can’t tell when it was rendered and you should act quickly if you want to try and reduce the fine amount.
For cases in judgment, New York City parking ticket expert, Lawrence Berezin, of www.newyorkparkingticket.com has an excellent post on how to try and vacate a default judgment.