在美国收到交通罚单后英文申诉和求情信实例

在美国开车收到超速或违章停车等交通罚单,通常有三种回应方式:1、认罪、交罚款;2、不认罪、申诉;3、认罪、但是找个理由求情,希望法官减少甚至撤销罚款。

注意,交罚款即代表认罪,因此如果想申诉或者求情,先不能交罚款。另外,现在违章停车一般都有现场拍相片作为证据保留,如果确实违章了,除非有特殊情况,就不要浪费时间申诉了 -- 但是可以求情。

我在过去一年多里收到过五张罚单,除了有一张是在马里兰州 German Town 的居民区不小心超速(限速 35,我没注意到限速标识开到了 43)、被电子眼拍到外,其他几张都是停车罚单。

英文求情信实例一

罚款最高的一张是 250 美金。当时信小信刚从国内过来,去华盛顿 DC 的一家语言学校,把车停在了附近的办公楼后面,完全没有意识到那里是私人领地(Private Property);在之前的一篇博文中,我已经详细介绍过来龙去脉。收到罚单后,我到 DC 市政府的官网找到了停车罚单申诉页面,注册之后提交了下面的求情信:

Ticket Number: xxxxxxx; Name: Derek Yang; Request No: xxxxxx; Date: xx/xx/2013

Dear sir or madam,

My name is Derek Yang; I'm writing to provide more information regarding parking ticket xxxxx. I want to explain how it happened, how regret my wife and I are, and we wish you could reduce the $250 fine, which is too much for a young couple who just started new life in the U.S.

My wife and I moved from China to Washington DC area this year. I work for a U.S. news wire service, while my wife joined me on Sept. 14. She speaks very little English, so we found her a language school, Language ETC, which is located at 2200 California St., NW Washington DC, 20008. I work very long hours, so I cannot drive my wife to school; I also didn't want her to take bus or metro on her own while she's completely new here, so I decided to take metro and have her drive my car while I'm working.

On Oct. 3, the first day of my wife's English class, she saw a parking spot in front of a building one block away from the school. There's no "reserved" or "permit only" sign; she didn't realize that spot belongs to private property, because back in China, a communist country, people don't have much idea of "private property." When she got off from class, she saw a $250 ticket and was so frustrated. She called me immediately, and I had to check out this location in the weekend and explain to her why this is private property.

As described above, both my wife and I had no intention at all to violate any private property or parking rules; this happened only because my wife was so new to this country and she had no idea where she saw an open spot was private area. She was very upset that this happened, and we both regret a lot.

Right now my wife doesn't have a job, $250 is big money for us, and we both wish you could reduce it as much as possible.

Attached please find photo copies of:

  1. My visa indicating I'm Derek Yang, owner of the xxxxxx, plate number Maryland xxxxxx, which received the ticket.
  2. Visa of my wife, XXX Xin, indicating that she left China and arrived in the U.S. on 09/14.
  3. Social security card of my wife issued on 09/16.
  4. Registration record with the language school dated 10/03 at 11:32 am, located at 2200 California St.
  5. $250 ticket dated 10/03 at 12:28, when my wife was finishing registration; parking location 2122 California St., one block away from the language school.
  6. The parking spot. There is no "reserved" or "permit only" sign; unfortunately, for someone grown up in a communist country, my wife didn't realize this is private property.

Please let me know if you need more information or documents. Again, we regret very much the mistake we made, and we wish you could reduce the $250 fine, which is too much for us. We appreciate your help.

Sincerely,
Derek Yang

这封信主要就是解释,我们刚从中国搬到美国,信小信把车停到私人领地上完全是「无心之失」,因为那个车位没有写 "Reserved Parking"(专属车位)或者 "Permit Only"(需要停车许可),而作为在共产主义国家长大的人来说,她完全没有意识到这是私有领地。我们绝对无意冒犯对方以及交规,对此事感到非常后悔和抱歉,并希望他们能减少罚款金额,因为 250 美金对于刚在这里开始生活的我们来说太多了。另外附上了各种证据的相片,包括 Visa、刚签发的社保卡,证明信小信刚搬来美国;语言学校注册的记录,证明违规停车的时候她正在那里办理手续,距离那个车位只有一条街。

一个多月之后,我收到电子邮件通知,罚款从 250 降到了 100 美元;一封邮件省了我 150 美元。

英文求情信实例二

这张罚单其实也是信小信领的。她来接我下班的时候,停在公司门口,因为口渴就下去买了杯咖啡,回来就发现被贴了一张 100 美金的罚单,原因是高峰时段这个位置不允许停车(非高峰时段可以付费停车)。下面是我的求情信。

Ticket Number: xxxx; Name: Derek Yang; Request No: xxxx; Date: xx/xx/2014

To whom this may concern,

I was very thirsty, and I stopped by Caribou Coffee to buy a quick drink. I parked in front of the coffee shop for only around 5 minutes, which earned my a 100 dollar ticket.

I realize I was wrong (it's not allowed to park there in rush hour), and this was the most expensive coffee I ever had. I promise I'll never do this kind of stupid again, meanwhile can you please reduce the fine a little? 100 dollars is a lot for me.

Please see attached images of the ticket and receipt from the coffee shop, which shows that I was paying for my coffee and ready to leave at 17:07, while I got a ticket at 17:06 on 02/20. I stopped by for literally only 5 minutes..

Thank you very much. I hope you're having a better day than mine!
Derek Yang

这封求情信其实没有太多道理,主要就是装可怜 -- 我就是因为太渴、下去买了杯咖啡,停在那里不超过 5 分钟,就收到一张 100 美元的罚单,这大概是我这辈子最贵的一杯咖啡了!证据就是信小信买咖啡的收据,上面的时间是 17:07,而罚单是 17:06 开的,也就是说开罚单的时候她正在给咖啡付钱。

没想到装可怜的效果很好:没多久收到邮件通知,罚款金额从 100 美金改为 0 -- 竟然完全撤销了!果然人心都是肉长的嘛!

如何写英文申诉信以及样本

以上两个都是我的实例,效果也还不错。因为我确实做错了,所以首先是认错,态度要诚恳;其次是解释为何发生,重点是强调自己无意冒犯交通法规,属于「无心之失」,另外情节轻微;最后就是装可怜,如果能适当地苦笑或调侃一下,也许更有可能引起对方的同情。

新罕布什尔大学(University of New Hampshire)的官网上也有一个收到罚单后如何有效申诉的清单,全英文、很简单,上面列举了一些法官可能接受的理由:紧急医疗状况、汽车机械故障(必须附带证据)等;也列举了一些法官通常不会接受的理由和借口:我要迟到了、我本来打算及时离开但是太忙了、我付不起罚单、我只停了 5 分钟、我以前在这里停过也没收到罚单、我不知道这样做违规了、没人跟我说过,等等。

如果开罚单的警官搞错了一些细节,有些可以用来抗辩和申诉,比如:你没有办法缴费因为咪表是坏的、警官以为你没有停车许可其实你有、并且正确地放在了挡风玻璃下面;等。而另外一些细节,即使开罚单的警官搞错了,用来申诉通常也不会被接受,比如说,罚单搞错了你的车身颜色(你的车是青色而罚单说车是灰色)、类型(你的车是双门轿跑而罚单写的是四门轿车)、品牌(你的车是林肯,罚单说是克莱斯勒)等。我收到的第一张罚单,警官把日期写错了(28 号写成了 27 号),当时 Jeannie 让我去申诉,因为 27 号我没有出门,但是我决定不申诉,因为我知道自己确实停错车了。

当然,以上申诉指南并非绝对正确,比如说,我上面的两次求情,原由分别是「我不知道这样做违规了」和「我只停了 5 分钟」,都属于法官通常不接受的理由,但是都减免了我的罚金,我觉得最重要的原因分别是:

  1. 我证明了当时开车的信小信是因为特殊原因、真的不知道那样做是违规的;
  2. 我证明了我当时真的只停了 5 分钟 -- 虽然还是违规了但是情节轻微(也许还情有可原),法官心情好就放过我了。

下面是网上找的几封英文申诉信样本,分别对应不同的情况。供参考可以,不用生搬硬套;全都有点文诌诌,并且偏英式英语。

第一种情况:你确信自己没有违规、即对方开错罚单了:

Dear,

[Reference: Penalty Charge Notice number: xxxxx Date of issue: xxxxx Vehicle registration: xxxxx]

I am writing to formally challenge the above Penalty Charge Notice.

On [date] my vehicle was issued with a Penalty Charge Notice for the reason of [offence code and official reason for issue as stated on the Penalty Charge Notice.]

In accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1991, my challenge is on the basis that the contravention did not occur. [State the reasons why].

Please find enclosed evidence to this effect, in the form of [if evidence is available, state the details and why it backs up your case].

For this reason I look forward to receiving notification that the Penalty Charge Notice has been cancelled within 28 days.

Yours sincerely,
[Your name and signature]

第二种情况:车是新买的、开罚单的时候这车还不在你名下(这种情况很少见吧):

Dear,

[Reference: Penalty Charge Notice number: xxxxx Date of issue: xxxxx Vehicle registration: xxxxx]

I am writing to formally challenge the above Penalty Charge Notice.

In accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1991, my challenge is on the basis that at the time the above PCN was issued, I was not the owner of the vehicle concerned.

[State whether the contravention occurred either by a previous or new owner and dates when your ownership began or ceased] Please find enclosed evidence to this effect, in the form of [if evidence is available, state the details and why it backs up your case].

The contact details of the vehicle owner at the time the PCN was issued are as follows:

[New/previous owner name and address]

For this reason I look forward to receiving notification that my liability for the Penalty Charge Notice has been cancelled within 28 days.

Please do not hesitate in contacting me using the above contact details should you require any additional information.

Yours sincerely,
[Your name and signature]

第三种情况:车被偷了、或者当时是其他人未经你允许把车开出去了(这种情况更少见吧。。。)

Dear,

[Reference: Penalty Charge Notice number: xxxxx Date of issue: xxxxx Vehicle registration: xxxxx]

I am writing to formally challenge the above Penalty Charge Notice.

In accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1991, my challenge is on the basis that at the time the above PCN was issued, my vehicle had been taken without consent.

I reported the vehicle stolen to the [state which force] police on [date] and was issued with the following crime reference number: [No: xxxxxxxxxx].

I remain the legal owner of the vehicle as it has since been recovered and returned to me on [Date]. But as you will see from the enclosed [police report/evidence] the vehicle was not in my care at the time the Penalty Charge Notice was issued.

For this reason I look forward to receiving notification that my liability for the Penalty Charge Notice has been voided, within 28 days.

Yours sincerely,
[Your name and signature]

Author: Derek Yang

Derek Yang(戴睿可)来自湘西农村,毕业于北京大学,曾在广东中山电视台、北京盛唐传扬公关公司、迪思传媒集团工作,2012 年底移居美国首都华盛顿特区。博客主要是个人经历,因访客逐渐增多,很多实用的经验已迁移至新站「美国攻略」,以帮助更多刚来美国的人。最近我在试验一个帮助农村高年级学生规划人生的「眼界计划」,欢迎转发扩散。添加微信请参见这里

27 thoughts on “在美国收到交通罚单后英文申诉和求情信实例”

  1. 想知道停车罚单是只有一个空信封嘛?感觉像是罚单单上面没有任何信息

        1. 如果有联系方式你就打过去问问,不然你也没有办法知道是不是罚单。实在不放心的话联系一下停车场所的管辖处,当然每个地方不一样。比如在 DC,吃罚单的话 DC 政府官网能查到。

  2. 你好···我在上周六第一次拿到一张超速罚单。 我在加州的从旧金山去 San Jose280上. 当时路上车子不特别多, 所以都开的蛮快的,我在最左边跟着一辆车,限速65,不过大多车都在75多,我跟我前面的车开到80左右,但是在进过一个有点弯路且是有点下坡的路上,没注意速度就到90了。 然后我发现好像快了。很快减速到75。然后发现有警车跟我。给我了罚单。这个我可以申诉吗。第一次没经验,该怎么做。该怎么写求情信。麻烦指点

  3. 您好,新地方不熟悉,限速突然变化,超速了不到一分钟;然后找了律师上庭,律师可能是新手,把本不该扣分的给搞成了扣分,请问还可以写信给法官求情吗,要求法官重新考虑。如果上诉,成功可能性大吗,值不值得,谢谢了

  4. 美国旅游时候被开了一张罚单,可是上面没有金额只有开庭时间,但是旅游时间有限不可能出庭,请问这个怎么缴纳罚款

  5. 你好,我今天去取车的时候发现2张罚单,有一张说我车离水龙头太近了要5feet,可我车有离水龙头5feet啊,还有一张说要8feet,可我看别人都只离这么远都不吃罚单就我吃了,我该怎么申诉啊

  6. 你好,我在维州fairfax第一次收到1张improper turn intersection的罚单。25号是上庭日。请问我是要在上庭之前先交了钱还是等上庭后判决之后再说? 如果钱已交被判没事。会退款吗?谢谢!

  7. 我在伊利诺伊州因为没有续缴车牌被开了罚单,但我完全不知道要续缴这件事. 我如果像法院提交求情信的话 可以减少罚金么?

  8. 你好 我停车前询问过偶遇的警察 这个位置能停车吗 那个警察说可以的 但是当我们回来时 就收到了罚款$115的罚单 请问我能做些什么呢

      1. 我在威斯康辛麦迪逊,一个人带孩子在这边访学,4月6号中午孩子提前访学去接他,因为试验结束的比较晚,所以开车去的时候速度超速,被警察带到,(限速20,实际速度30),开了罚单98.8刀,罚点3分,想申诉,不知如何弄。

  9. 你好 我想请问一下 寄了申诉信之后如果追踪进度啊?我两个礼拜以前寄出去了申诉信 但是到现在还没收到法院的回信。一般间隔多久才会收到法院的回执呀?有没有方法可以在网上track?感谢

  10. 您好,我是在纽约的,可以給个電話号码和你聯繫嗎?我刚收了两张罚单,有问题想请教一下,谢谢你!

  11. 我知道 当时真的是特殊情况 我儿子屎拉出来了 然后安全座椅里湿了 很凉 宝宝一直哭 我就直接把他抱出来了 … 我已经给法院打电话了 信上写的是一月25号交罚金 但是我给上面的电话打电话他说我三月14号之前给法院交求情信就可以了 那是不是1月25号先不用交罚款啊

  12. 你好,我叫lan,我11月份不小心冲了红灯,被警察当场抓住,要交490美元的罚款,现在又失业了,我已经约了下个月上庭,但我不知道怎样做才好,因为第一次,求指点!谢谢你!

  13. 因为我的英文不大好 所以我也不大看得明白 我是因为baby安全带没有绑 然后被警察抓到 然后后来收到法院的信这样 可以写求情信么

    1. 如果你的英文水平连罚单背后的指示都看不懂,你怎么写求情信啊?

      成人系安全带、儿童坐安全座椅,都是为了人身安全,不管会不会被警察抓到,都建议你们以后遵循。命是自己的。

  14. 我也有一个加州的罚单 想要求情信 但是我找不到在哪里申诉 可以帮忙么

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