Ready for us to get to the point and tell you everything you need to know about using the GETDISMISSED mobile app? Let's get to it!
The most important thing to remember is that using the app is SIMPLE. We designed it specifically to make usage as quick, easy and simple as possible because you've already got enough to worry about; you just got a ticket! But, don't worry about that because you're just a few taps away from fighting that ticket.
The GETDISMISSED app is available for all iOS based phones in the Apple App Store and for all Android based phones in Google Play. So, your first step is to download the app for your particular type of phone. Once you've downloaded the proper app you're ready for the next step.
Step two is to open the app on your phone and tap "LET'S GET STARTED". It's right about in the center of the screen; so you really can't miss it. That's how SIMPLE this whole thing is.
Next you're going to take a nice, clean picture of your driver's license. The key here is clarity. We need to be able to see and read the information on the driver's license, so use the brackets on your phone's screen as a guide. Don't worry about background or whether the image is perfectly straight. The important part is our ability to get the information from the driver's license image.
Now that you've taken a clear photo of your driver's license, the GETDISMISSED App will get to work reading the information that is on the image and send back a screen to your phone with fields of information filled in. Your only job is to read that information, make sure that information is correct in the fields, correct any information that is wrong, and to fill in any anything that the GETDISMISSED App could not read from your driver's license, such as your email address. Once that's done, it's time to move on!
Just as you took a nice, clean photo of your driver's license, you're going to do the same thing to your ticket. Use the brackets on your phone's screen to guide you and click a pic.
Once again, the GETDISMISSED app will read the information on the new image of your ticket and send you back a screen with fields of information filled in. These fields will include things such as: Citation #, Type of Violation, Name of Court, and Court Address. Your job, again, is only to read that information, make sure it's all correct, change anything that's wrong and fill in any information that is missing.
This next part is the most important part for GETDISMISSED to work. What will happen next is that you will tap through a short series of menus that describe your particular type of ticket. For example, if you got a speeding ticket, the app will ask you; "How did the officer measure your speed?" And then a series of possible options with images will let you select the correct choice. Options will include: "Speed Gun," along with an image of an officer looking through a speed gun; "Followed Me," coupled with a picture of a law enforcement officer exiting his vehicle which is parked behind the car he has just pulled over; "Saw Me," has a picture of a law enforcement officer studying something; and "Aircraft" has an image of a police helicopter. Simple!
Once we know what type of ticket you've been issued we can start building your case to fight it and save you money! After you've made and selected all the choices in the prior incident type menu, now we need you to tell us why the officer should not have ticketed you. To do that, we need just a few details about what happened. Another series of choices will appear with options suited to your ticket type. Let's stick with the speeding ticket example: in this case the "Incident Details" menu will provide choices and images such as: "Darkness," with a city scape at night; "Bad Weather," showing a lightning storm; "Other Cars in the Way," with an image of a traffic jam; and "Large Distance Between You and the Officer," essentially an empty two lane highway. Make all the choices that apply. But, remember these have to be accurate, because once you submit your Trial by Declaration paperwork to court, the officer who issued the ticket is going to have a chance to respond with his side of the story. You wouldn't want to argue it was too "Dark" for the officer to see you clearly, when the judge will read in the officer's paperwork and see the ticket was issued at 2:35 in the afternoon.
WAIT! Before you go on, take a minute to review your case details and make sure all your information is correct. This is your chance to make any changes or corrections to your prior choices. Done? Good. Now we can move on.
The Checkout screen will have the amount or "Cost of Service" required for GETDISMISSED to put together your entire Trial by Declaration case. Also on this screen you will be asked to enter your credit or debit card number, billing details, and a few pieces of other information needed to process your payment. Once that's all filled in, just tap the "Make Payment" button and TAA-DAA! You’re almost done.
Shortly after your payment has been processed, you will receive two emails from GETDISMISSED, so be sure to check your email account frequently.
The first email will be your receipt of payment. This receipt will also have your GETDISMISSED account information on it. Hold onto this...just in case you ever need to reference the order.
The second email will have a link to your case documents (you can also choose to get a text message with this link). Click on the link and print out all of the pages. NOW you have just two steps left to go.
Get out your checkbook and write a check to the court for the bail amount listed on ticket. Include that check with the Trial by Declaration case paperwork you just printed out and mail it to the courthouse indicated on the ticket. AND NOW YOU’RE DONE!
After submitting your completed Trial by Written Declaration to the court, you will be notified by the court at your preferred address within 30-90 days from the date of submitting your documents to the court.
If your ticket is dismissed, the court will dismiss the violation so the point(s) associated with the violation will not show up on your driving record and the court issues you a full refund of your bail amount within 60 days.
Remember, just because you're fighting your ticket using the Trial by Declaration method doesn't mean you’ve given up your right to confront the officer and see a judge face-to-face. In fact, even if you lose the Trial by Declaration, you can still go into court and have a whole new trial with a judge.
If you don't want to fight it again just contact the court to find out if you are eligible to attend traffic school to keep the violation point off your record. Traffic school must be approved by the court, but if you were eligible for traffic school before contesting the ticket, you should still be eligible after.
You've lost almost nothing by using the GETDISMISSED App!