Thanks to a crop of new services, tens of thousands of California drivers have gotten their pricey speeding tickets either reduced or completely dismissed by courts.
TicketBust.com paved the way back in 2004, when its founder, Steve Miller, realised a lot of drivers were ignoring the fine print on the back of their speeding tickets.
The state offers drivers a special “Trial by Declaration” option, which means they can mail in their forms and don’t have to show up in court. (See how ditching taxes can make you lose your licence in California.)
“Nobody in California was assisting people getting out of tickets by using the trial by written declaration so we developed the system and since then have done about 38,000 tickets,” Miller says.
The service costs $249, but TicketBust guarantees customers will see their fines reduced or dismissed – or they get a complete refund.
Users first submit all their information on the site, including the details of their violation, and then mail the company three signed copies of the Trial by Declaration. Ticketbust pulls the seams together and mails it off to the court. Once the court reviews the forms, they’re sent to the office and then back to a judge, who renders a decision.
“The Ticketbust.com team has perfected the process,” the company said in a recent statement. “They know what to say and what not to say. The team is constantly looking for different ways to get your tickets dismissed to save you from paying the fines and also to keeping points off your driving record.”
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