Hooniverse Asks: Have you tried any of those online ticket fighting services?

Some guy I know… let’s call him Geoff. Let’s say he allegedly got a ticket for rolling through a red light while making a right turn. The ticket for doing that is likely expensive and adds points to a driving record. That means a potential rise in car insurance prices and other issues. Poor Geoff, right? While my friend Geoff is interested in trying one of those We’ll Fight Your Ticket websites. Have any of you used a service like that?

Once Geoff goes through the process, I’ll ask him all about it. So far the initial process has been eas- er, he says so far the initial process has been simple. He’s waiting to hear back from a lawyer that’s assigned through the system. And the quoted price reportedly covers any and all fees outside of what happens with the ticket, of course.

So good luck to Geoff on this one. And I’d like to hear from you if you have ever used one of these services. Sound off below!

11 Comments

  1. Not an online one but a local law firm that specializes in fighting tickets in Palm Beach County, FL. They got the ticket thrown out and I paid a small fee. Worth every penny.

  2. Not online, but I did use a ticket-fighting lawyer.

    The cop-hiding-in-the-bushes must have been trying to hit a quota. He wrote me up for three moving violation offenses stemming from a single right-turn-at-an-intersection (a turn that was routine and didn’t lead to any consequences or involve other vehicles or pedestrians), and then a fourth citation for no insurance (I had an expired card on me, but the policy was current, should have been in the database he said he would check, and was also within a state grace period where it couldn’t have been canceled, even for non-payment). Cumulative fines would have been about a thousand bucks.

    He got three of them dropped by the DA right away. One of those was because I had valid insurance, another was because I had been charged for something that wasn’t an offense, and the third was a defect in the wording of the paperwork. He asked for a trial on the fourth one, and I had to wait around until after lunch. The cop didn’t show up, and that charge got dismissed, too.

    1. This story is so strange to me. What happens when you can’t trust the institution which role is to enforce trust? And aren’t you living in the middle of nowhere; probably knowing who the cop is as a person?

      I recently got a speeding ticket, and it was well deserved. As well as mindlessly stupid, since I had passed this control twice earlier, dropping off kids at an event, then going grocery shopping. I fiddled with audio controls, went to fast, then spend 350-ish $ on just that. Rumour has it you can fight this, and the police will occasionally drop it due to work overload. But the over, more probable, alternative is to get the fine confirmed at higher cost in court. Certainly no commercial services other than ordinary lawyers fighting tickets here.

      1. The incident for which I was pulled over happened one minute into my morning commute, right as I was leaving my neighborhood and pulling onto the major 4-lane road. At the time, I lived in an urban area, in a development of mid-century single family residences. I have no idea who the officer was, and when I was waiting waiting to see whether he would show up in court, I struggled to remember what he looked like.

        Police are human (well, not the K-9’s) and have jobs to do, and I’m certainly aware that how you interact with the officer has great influence on the outcome of the traffic stop. Most of the time when they pull someone over, it’s because they have a legitimate concern (though there was one occasion when I got pulled over for a made-up reason because he was a car guy and wanted to see mine up close). In your case, you admit you did something mindlessly stupid, and you paid your fine. In my case, the only thing I did wrong (on a technicality) was having the wrong insurance paperwork on me. For the rest, I stood up to bullying, and prevailed, just like we teach our kids.

      2. That reminds me of something a cop I got to know once told me. He said you live out of your jurisdiction because you don’t want to run into the guy you threw in jail last week when you are off-duty, going to the grocery store, fast food joint, at your kid’s game, ect

        1. same coin, flip side: you won’t know the guy who’s having a rough day and just needs to go home to sleep it off.

  3. No tickets in the past 25 years. That last one was one you can’t even get anymore, a moving violation on a motorcycle in San Francisco. (In fact, it’s difficult to get a moving violation in San Francisco no matter what you’re driving, unless you’re in the CHP’s jurisdiction.) I tried to beat the mover by taking it to night court, but I flubbed it.

  4. Can’t say I’ve ever tried such a thing. Back in the day I went in and represented myself and most of the time the judge cut the fine in half. The last ticket I got, 10-~12 years ago I decided to go in as the cop had definitely baited me by riding my bumper through a construction zone, where I was right on the reduced speed, even though it was late at night with no activity. Meanwhile the construction zone started in the 70 mph zone but didn’t end until the 60 mph zone, yet all the regular speed signs in that area were covered or missing. So once we got out of the constriction zone I speed up to 70mph and got over to the right as soon as it was safe, so the jerk could pass.

    When I went in and faced the judge he gave me the option to defer the ticket. I had to pay an “administrative fee” that was less than the ticket would have been but if I didn’t get a ticket in 7 years it wouldn’t show up on my record. Or he would have cut the fine. I took the gamble and did the defer and I didn’t get another ticket. If you do get a ticket then both go on your record and I think there was another payment due.

    I did get pulled over, when it was probably close to still within the 7 years but thankfully he gave me a warning for the 80 in a 70 he rightfully had me at.

  5. Last ticket I got was about 4 years ago, for just a few km/h over, possibly 5 (ie 3mph…). Luckily there’s a system here where if it’s been long enough since your last ticket and it’s less than 10km/h over you can write a letter admitting fault and get off with a warning.

  6. USA Today cited a copy of the search warrant affidavit that was used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to obtain the black box in the SUV Woods was driving.

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