DoNotPay App - has anyone used it?

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I’m wondering if anyone has used this app (or something similar)

Claims to work for parking tickets as well.
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No but I got screwed with legal shield which is an outright Ponzi scheme. Legal services as part of a jobs benefit package are also a scam.

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At least for speeding tickets the VinWiki guys have been advertising https://offtherecord.com. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for, but since you posted this in the help I got a ticket section I figured I'd mention it.
 

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At least for speeding tickets the VinWiki guys have been advertising https://offtherecord.com. I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for, but since you posted this in the help I got a ticket section I figured I'd mention it.
I wonder though if it works for all geographic areas. Unless you can find (or get a referral to) a local attorney who accepts traffic ticket cases, the usefulness of the app is going to be limited. Interesting app though and who knows it may work.

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I wonder though if it works for all geographic areas. Unless you can find (or get a referral to) a local attorney who accepts traffic ticket cases, the usefulness of the app is going to be limited. Interesting app though and who knows it may work.

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In our state you’re better of deferring it and driving safe for 6 mo. That’s the first step of any lawyer. Then if you are beyond that you need to lawyer up. I have lawyers in five of the counties I frequent here. Hoping I never have to use them again.
 

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I've heard of AI and robots starting to replace lawyers since most of a lawyer's work is looking for laws and cases, etc. I think IBM is also trying to make a doctor AI to increase accuracy of diagnosis since it's able to connect the dots between similar cases worldwide with effective cures.
But showing up to court with anyone who isn't local for a traffic ticket or similar with a non-local attorney is way less effective than hiring someone well known in the area who plays golf with the judge on Saturday is the common saying.
 

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It is amazing what some of today's apps can do. I don't think I'd put my legal status in an app. I'm sure it can look up local laws but that would be about as far as I'd go. I would want someone to talk to and be able to clearly understand the particulars of the case.
 

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I wouldn't use this app. First of all, it's a subscription service, it's not free. I've won 6 out of 7 cases just by looking up laws on my own, reading through them several times to figure out exactly what they mean, doing research, and applying logic to the situation.

I'm not sure what the app could possibly ask to get all of this data from you. On my last ticket for example, it would have had to crawl through the California Vehicle Code, plus the MUTCD, and it would still require human intervention to determine whether the fonts on the sign were entirely legal (Yes, I found that even the font on one of the signs was illegal, specifically on just four of the words (the word "TO") on one of the signs, since the font looks too "squashed" and this "squashed" font does not appear in the document that lists the legal font types). It would have had to ask me questions like:
- Where there signs within 50 feet prohibiting parking?
- Were the signs at least 7 feet above the sidewalk?
- Were the signs perpendicular to the direction traffic?
- Were the letters big enough? <gives minimum sizes of the letters>
- Did the font on the signs match any of the following? <shows full list of legal fonts>
- What colors were the signs? <looks up MUTCD to confirm that color combination is lawful>
Etc.
 
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First of all, it's a subscription service, it's not free.
I haven't downloaded it yet. I don't see where it is a subscription service. Usually apps tell you they are. Did I miss that?

I thought it was just a collection of form letters to send, nothing specific to a geographic location or local laws.
 

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I haven't downloaded it yet. I don't see where it is a subscription service. Usually apps tell you they are. Did I miss that?

I thought it was just a collection of form letters to send, nothing specific to a geographic location or local laws.
Did you look at the website?
 

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Did you look at the website?
I did. I see that they offer subscriptions (by digging through the Terms of Service), but I also see "Dispute xxx Parking Tickets For Free" all over the place. There is no mention of payments or fees in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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Looking at reviews, it does seem like they are charging $3/mo. I thought that hidden payments weren't allowed under Apple store policy.

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I have both prosecuted and defended traffic citations in court. You may represent yourself pro se without a law license, and I know some people who are savvy enough to do that successfully (however a non-lawyer should never try a case to a jury, the prosecutor will eat you alive with objections and you will not know how to properly respond). A robot may be able to run your driving record and present it to the clerk of the court with a request for a deferred, but that is pretty easy to do yourself and you don't really need an app to do that.
 

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I have both prosecuted and defended traffic citations in court. You may represent yourself pro se without a law license, and I know some people who are savvy enough to do that successfully (however a non-lawyer should never try a case to a jury, the prosecutor will eat you alive with objections and you will not know how to properly respond). A robot may be able to run your driving record and present it to the clerk of the court with a request for a deferred, but that is pretty easy to do yourself and you don't really need an app to do that.
+1 for lawyer

Through my employer we get access to the Hyatt law plan. For <$10 a paycheck we get access to lawyers for most services (i.e. wills, trusts, real estate closings, traffic matters, etc). I had to use the plan on a couple occasions and they have covered the lawyer fees.
 

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+1 for lawyer

Through my employer we get access to the Hyatt law plan. For <$10 a paycheck we get access to lawyers for most services (i.e. wills, trusts, real estate closings, traffic matters, etc). I had to use the plan on a couple occasions and they have covered the lawyer fees.
I always wondered if something like that was really worth it. If you are paid weekly? Then that's $520/yr but are you getting the value out of the service?
 

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I always wondered if something like that was really worth it. If you are paid weekly? Then that's $520/yr but are you getting the value out of the service?
we have one as well through my wife's work. I've used the service last year for an out of state ticket and the lawyer took care of everything never had to go to court. ticket gone.
 

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In our state you’re better of deferring it and driving safe for 6 mo. That’s the first step of any lawyer. Then if you are beyond that you need to lawyer up. I have lawyers in five of the counties I frequent here. Hoping I never have to use them again.
Absolutely! Last ticket I had (about 21 years ago) my city did not have a deferral program so I had to lawyer up to get similar results. It just took a long time but I was OK with that! They city of Carmel (one of the worst speed traps in the state of Indiana) started a deferral program after more and more motorists started contesting their tickets. It is good to see some push back!

I thought you had to stay ticket free for 12 months after going in the deferral program, but that may vary by locality.

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I think my employer offers Hyatt legal plan too but after seeing so many negative reviews, I decided not to sign up
 

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I always wondered if something like that was really worth it. If you are paid weekly? Then that's $520/yr but are you getting the value out of the service?
Twice a month. I want to say it's $7 every two weeks. Very reasonable, covered my home closing this year.

Also, spouse and family members are covered under the plan (check your benefits, actual benefits may vary). My last two employers had the same benefits.

Here's a benefits breakdown from google images:
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Twice a month. I want to say it's $7 every two weeks. Very reasonable, covered my home closing this year.

Also, spouse and family members are covered under the plan (check your benefits, actual benefits may vary). My last two employers had the same benefits.

Here's a benefits breakdown from google images:
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Why would you ever sign up for a service like this? Just pay lawyers individually when you need them. If these guys didn't take in more in premiums than they pay out in claims, they wouldn't be in business. Therefore, this is a rip-off. You're not only paying the lawyers but also all of the administrative overhead of running the program.
 

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