My car was parked on the street, in front of my house and I didn't have the front license plate on my vehicle. I received a ticket for this. By definition of soliciting( which is prohibited in our community) They are " asking for or trying to obtain (something) from someone". Is this legal for the city to do
That would not be soliciting. The car was parked on a public street, even though it is in a covenant controlled area, and law enforcement is allowed to give you a ticket (which does not carry any points) for not having a front license plate (assuming that it was registered in CO and not another state like MI that only requires the rear plate).
Nice try. Your community covenants do not limit the power of city officials or law enforcement. Your community cannot pass rules that override city ordinances or state law. You have to pay your ticket.
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I generally agree with the other attorney responses to your inquiry but would add 1.) is the street owned by the covenant-controlled community? If so, the scope of the local ordinance may not apply to a private street or common area, however, some local ordinances do apply in such cases to private property especially if the vehicle is not properly registered or displaying a valid license plate, 2.) the recorded covenants in some states prohibit or regulate parking by abutting owners on the public streets of the community and further permit the HOA or condo association to privately enforce these restrictions in civil court, and 3.) under some ordinances an improperly tagged vehicle is considered abandoned after a certain amount of time when left on the public street or on private property of another and may be towed and impounded by the municipality and/or the property owner.
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