In what serves as an object lesson for drivers in Lamont and Shafter, San
Francisco successfully prevented a parking ticket app, which relied on
locating errors on the citations, from taking root in the Golden Gate City.
Since the smartphone app arrived in San Francisco in 2013, Fixed had led
to the dismissal of over
10,000 parking tickets. Over 50 percent of these dismissals were due to physical mistakes on
the citations; the app also used Google Streetview to determine if the
correct signage was in place. When the app owners initially faxed requests
for hearings to the city, officials responded by turning off the city’s
fax machine. Shortly thereafter, citing a “security change,”
San Francisco’s payment processor stopped accepting mass online
payments. Both the city and Xerox deny any wrongdoing or intent to target Fixed.
It is estimated that the $74 parking tickets in San Francisco – which
are some of the most expensive in the country – generate about $130
million for the city each year.
Somewhat like parking tickets, some of the most effective defenses to traffic
tickets are technical errors that result in what lawyers call a “variance.” Mistakes alone are not enough to warrant dismissal: in addition
to a variance, an attorney must convince the judge that the variance was
Other defenses involve legal errors; for example, the speed limit sign
may be obscured by a tree or the engineering study in support of the lower
limit may be out of date.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.