I'd take it to court just to contest the amount. Cops don't always write the ticket for the correct amount. On purpose or by mistake...
I got a ticket for parking on my lawn a couple of months back. $75. Long story short I KNEW that was BS and went to the police department to ask them wtf was up. Basically found out that he either screwed up or was being an ass, because the ticket should have been for $25.
Moral of the story is to at least give things a shot before you just give up and pay it.
Your not allowed to park on your lawn? I park on mine all the time, i live really close to the high school, and so my friends park at my house 2 cars on the dirt next to my drive way and my car on the front lawn plus 3-4 cars in the drive way...I guess its not a law in my town...How can they prohibit this?
It's a violation of a property code. If they didn't have this law then hoosiers would be parking all of their old abondoned vehicles on their front lawn. It's mainly to prevent eye sores.
Also, I read in one of my classes that a good way cops target drug houses other than raiding them is to target property offenses and condemn them rather than raiding them over and over again. Also, parking a car in someone's lawn, even if it is your own, might indicate that all available spots are taken in the garage or street or whatever, and that's a good indication that illegal activity might be involved within the house. At least that's what I read.
Anyways, the reason you or your friends havn't been reported yet is because no one has complained, or because some cops just don't care. It is a property offense most likely almost everywhere. All it takes is one of your neighbors to call the cops, or for one of them to just see it and ticket it. But we used to do this all the time when I went to high school cause we weren't seniors and only they could park in the school's lot. The reason that we didn't get ticketed is because the only cops that ever went into the subdivisions by our school were the cops that were stationed at our high school, and they patrolled to stop fights, not write tickets. Also, the neighbors didn't care if someone parked on a lawn, as long as it wasn't theirs. They only called the cops if there was a fight or if there was trash being thrown onto their property.
Goddamn, I don't know what it is, but whenever I post I wind up writing novels.