Dave Hegarty of San Francisco is the entrepreneur behind the app Fixed. A user submits a photo of her parking or speeding ticket, answers just two questions about her driving history and then hits send. A Fixed agent will review the submission and then connect the user to a lawyer in the Fixed network. In California, a user can hire a Fixed network attorney for as little as $150. No court appearance is required. Fixed claims a 90% success rate for point removal. And Fixed is expanding, despite facing some resistance from municipalities that don’t see it as helpful. It handles parking tickets (where still permitted) and all other types of traffic violations.
Hegarty is passionate about individuals’ rights. On a video on the Fixed website, he addressed the desire for people to hold cities accountable. He used the city of Ferguson as an example. “The shooting was the culmination,” Hegarty says, “leading up to the shooting, there were all these fines that the city kinda put on people who couldn’t afford these fines. And they (the city) effectively kinda put them in a debtors prison and they couldn’t get out of it.” Hegarty concludes: “It’s fine to say we live in a democracy and that we have rights… but your rights begin and end in your ability to access help to preserve them.” Hegarty will pitch Fixed on Shark Tank on January 15 at 9pm on ABC.