Dear Hearing Officer,
This ticket was a street cleaning violation, and I know its fall and the leaves are falling and clogging up the sewer grates, which leads to huge puddles of standing water. I appreciate what the city does to prevent this problem, and regret getting in the way on the day in question, this past Tuesday, October 21st.
I was out of town, writing poetry. I could never have known that it was time for the streets to be cleaned, as the signs posted in our neighborhood appear only the day before.
And so it is with humility, slight embarrassment even, that I again appeal for your leniency. Any reduction in the fine you can afford would be much appreciated.
ps. Still waiting to hear back from you regarding my last ticket. What the fuck is taking you so long?