I entered the District last month and quickly broke the law. While looking for a parking spot I turned the wrong way down a one way street. I drove about ten feet before realizing my mistake but when I looked in the mirror to back up a cop was pulling in behind me. Meh. First (non-parking) ticket in a good while.
The city gives one the option of paying for small violations online, by phone or through the mail. But the following week, when I tried to pay through the electronic means, there was no record of the citation. Checked a few days later and still nothing. A call to the city yielded no record of the thing.
Every few days I would log onto the DMV site to no avail.
It's been a month since I got the ticket. It's been a month with no record of the ticket. After a month the fine doubles. Guess what was suddenly processed a month + 1?
I'm too fucking passive and not outraged enough to do anything about this except complain on a blog read only by my wife's friends. But if this has happened to anyone else, let's cause some trouble by writing a letter to someone and perhaps mention to them our displeasure.