Citations are like parking tickets. They don’t go on your record.
Don’t Pay It, Contest It.
Philly police often give citations to protestors.
What Happens When You Get a Citation
- The police will pull you aside.
- They will write up a citation.
- You have to give your name.
- You don’t have to give your ID (but not giving may prolong detainment).
- You may or may not be taken in for holding.
- If you are held, you’ll be released after a few hours.
Handling the Citation Don’t Pay it – Contest it!
- On the back, check the box to contest the citation
- There is a box labeled “Other Instructions.” Check the small box next to “Hearing Request Box”
- Email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You could also send a copy to Jody Dodd, Krasner & Long, LLC, 1221 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Mail the original to The Department of Finance P.O. Box 56318 Philadelphia, PA 19130-6318. Do this within 15 days of receiving the citation. In other words, the postmark (time date stamp that the post office gives) must be within 15 days of the citation.
- Wait for an email from the Department of Finance letting you know when your hearing will be.
- Email us to let us know when your hearing is and we’ll contact you about next steps.
- Lawyers can contest on your behalf. This means that out of town folks don’t have to come back to Philly for the hearing.