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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 4 weeks ago

Is it illegal to park in parking lot after hours?  And can we get in trouble after the fact if cop never pulled us over?

I live in kansas.  My husband and I parked in a parking lot after hours for about 10 minutes.  My sister was escaping a domestic abuse situation and was upset and we were trying to calm her down.  We finally talked her into the car while she waited for her friend.  A cop drove by like 3 times but he never drove up or pulled us over.  Is it illegal to be in parking lot after hours?  And if he got our license plate could we be ticketed or arrested later on?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    He was interested simply because you shouldn't have been there and he wondered if you were up to something suspicious. Presumably he was satisfied in the end that you weren't, and left it at that. He doubtless ran a check on the car and made a note of it just in case it later transpires that something DID happen.

  • 4 weeks ago

    No but to do so looks suspicious since you have no valid reason to be there. Thus the Police were just making sure you were not up to something illegal.

  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Parking lots are private property so after hours it would be considered as tresspassing, however the police car likely was suspicious if it passed by several times "just in case" it was people about to commit a crime, like a break in of local businesses, if you were getting a ticket the police would have stopped and spoke to you issuing you with a ticket there and then......by taking your reg just means they can if needed find out who the car belongs to and check to see if it belongs to someone with a criminal record for breaking into property or drug dealing

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Technically you were probably trespassing, but that's not what the cop was worried about. He/she was concerned that something nefarious was going on. Two people trying to convince an upset woman to get into a vehicle in an empty parking lot after hours? Think about it...

    You won't be receiving a ticket in the mail.

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  • Bruce
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    4 weeks ago

    The parking lot is private property. The owner does have the right to prohibit people on the property if the business is closed. This would normally be done by posting signs at the entrance.

    The trespassing ticket would got to the person, not the car. If the officer was going to issue a ticket he would have done it while the car was still there.

  • 4 weeks ago

    It's likely nothing will happen.

    The cop may have been monitoring the situation as it may be a common area for drug deals and the like.

    Unless there is a sign that says no parking after hours or between certain hours, or it says for customers only, there isn't anything illegal with parking there.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      In many places it is illegal to drive a vehicle onto someone else's property without permission, so parking there "after hours" would probably be "illegal". In other places, there is a presumption that a parking lot is "open" to the public to visit, unless specifically closed.

  • 4 weeks ago

    If the lot is posted it may be. I think technically if there are occupants in the car however it isn't considered parking but rather standing. Parking a vehicle usually involves the occupants of the vehicle leaving it.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      True, many laws define the difference between stopping, standing and parking. If it's only posted for no parking, then standing or stopping (while inside the vehicle) may still be legal, the presumption being that it will be moved immediately upon request. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    you will not be getting a ticket in the mail nor will you be arrested. the parking lot is probably private property and the police' sole interest is to see if you are engaged in something illegal [like drug dealing]

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