So I double-parked outside my house yesterday to go pick up my daughter. When I got outside, a police office asked for my ID and told me to wait in my car, then after a few minutes walked up to my car with a summons for disorderly conduct, which covers obstructing vehicular traffic. So, instead of a $100 ticket, I have to go to criminal court and appear before a judge. And, if I want to plead not guilty, I have to go at least twice - once to plead, once for a trial.
By way of explanation, he told me that people had been complaining about double-parking on underhill. Odd, since I can't think of a resident who would complain about double-parking on their own street. I also don't see why there is such a big effort to ease traffic on underhill, which is only a few blocks long and should be used primarily by residents.
On another topic: anyone been to criminal court? The lawyer I talked to said I could go on another day, since I can't take the day on the front of the summons off from work. Is there a day of the week that is less crowded?