I suppose I should direct this question to Randy Cohen who is "The Ethicist" at "The New York Times Magazine" but since he ignored my question concerning the ethics of reaching to the back of the shelf to get a quart of milk with a more distant expiration date I am directing it to you.
Here it is. While taking photographs of these boats near the Bahia Mar Yacht Club in Florida I violated the law by parking illegally. Though I was not ticketed should I confess?
This is the local law on the point:
What are considered valid defenses and what are considered invalid defenses for a parking violation?
Valid defenses may include:
1.The offense was not committed
2. The vehicle was taken without my consent (stolen vehicle - submit theft and recovery reports)
3. I was not the owner of the vehicle or the person having the care, custody or control of the vehicle at the time of the offense. (A sworn affidavit is required giving the name, address and driver's license number of the other person so that they can be notified of their liability and can offer a rebuttal.)
These excuses are not considered a valid defense:
1. Lack of knowledge of parking laws and regulations
2. Disagreement with the laws and regulations
3. Other vehicles also parked improperly or unlawfully
4, Late to an appointment
5. Disagreement with or inability to pay the fine
6. Parked illegally for only a few minutes, or only briefly, etc.
7. Directed to park at the location by someone other than an enforcement officer
PS: Yes, I have a lot of free time on my hands when I am not in Bangkok.