App could help dismiss traffic tickets

Posted at 6:55 PM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 21:59:42-04

An app promising to help fight traffic tickets has a new feature - it's unlimited.

Erik Alexander relies on his car to get around.

"To work, to school, to the gym," he said.

With most of his time spent driving, he said he had bent the rules of the road before.

"I try not to, but sometimes my foot gets a little heavy on the pedal," Alexander said.

His most expensive ticket to date:

"For speeding down the 125 North," he said.

Alexander said he paid more than $200 for the ticket and another hundred for traffic school.

"Quite of bit of money. Money I could've used elsewhere," he said.

The "GetDismissed" app offers drivers another option to fight traffic violations through a process called "trial by written declaration."

You have options when filing a Trial by Written Declaration. You can fill out the court documents yourself, or you can take a picture of your license and  ticket using the GetDismissed app, and the app does the work for you.

It saves you the time and effort of researching the vehicle code and coming up with arguments and case law

Attorney William Concidine is an expert at fighting traffic tickets. 

He says filing a trail by written declaration means you don't have to show up to court.

"If the officer then doesn't write in his own version of what happened on the date of the incident, the court has to dismiss your ticket," said Concidine.

The app charges you $59 for an annual membership. You can contest as many traffic tickets as you want, potentially saving hundreds of dollars.

But the downside of this process said Concidine, "you have to pay the bail or the fine amount of your ticket up front."

And hope you get refunded.

He said GetDismissed gives drivers an extra - and convenient - chance of contesting a ticket.

Alexander said next time, he will take his chances on the app.

"For the convenience and speed of service, I would definitely invest."

The makers of GetDismissed said within the past 13 years of service, they have helped up to 50,000 people.