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If you've ever been caught in the cross hairs of a red light or speed camera, listen up.

Just recently, the 8th District Court of Appeals ruled that the current appeals process is unconstitutional.

As it stood, if you wanted to fight your ticket, you would have to go to the Parking Violations Bureau, even though speed and red light tickets are moving violations.

Anne Walton Keller, an attorney with Friedman and Frey, breaks it all down for us.

"You can paint it any way you want, but it's a moving violation. To characterize it as parking is incorrect," says Keller.

And the court agreed, which means you should soon be able to argue your case in Municipal Court, where the rules of evidence apply.

In other words, the city would have to prove that the camera that caught you was working properly.

"Then, presumably, a person would have to come in each time and testify. So you could imagine how much clogging up of the court system that would do," says Keller.

At the moment, The city's Law Department is reviewing the court's ruling, so the appeals process is suspended.

So what if you get a ticket today?

According to the city, you have two options: pay it or hire an attorney.

Here's the official statement: "Citizens who have questions surrounding paying violations they received through the traffic camera enforcement program should consult their personal attorneys."

But hiring an attorney would probably cost you about $300.

The red light tickets usually run you $100 to $200.

"And that's why many people choose not to fight these tickets in the first place," says Keller.

So as long as the city is reviewing the court's ruling, you really have very few options.

Channel 3 asked the mayor's spokesperson how long this "review" would be, but she didn't get back to us before our deadline.

We'll stay on top of this story and let you know as soon as anything changes.

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