I've had a stop action, preventing me from renewing my drivers license, applied to me, due to unpaid parking tickets. My five unpaid tickets occurred when the law was "six or more" led to a suspension. In 2012, the penalty applied after "three or more", due to a revision from Gov. Snyder. The city is holding me accountable by applying ex post facto: applying new law or penalties to old infractions.
It depends if the new law protects you or not, legislatures have their choice. You could hire an attorney to research it for you, or you could simply pay your parking tickets. Good luck,
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Unfortunately, nothing about Constitutional law is quite that simple. Generally, the prohibition about retroactive application of pentanes applies to criminal matters. Your parking tickets are civil matters. As a practical matter, for you to challenge this in court would cost a lot more than paying your five tickets.
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