Friday, April 11, 2014

Today is Information Day

Did you know that Today, April 11 (411), is Information Day? At Doxpop, our mission is to help provide you with access to the most accurate public information available. To celebrate, we are offering a special promotion over on our Facebook page today. Share with us a fun fact or piece of information, and we'll add 10 free searches to your account!

Head over to www.facebook.com/doxpop, or leave a comment here to chat with us.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Today is "Be Kind To Lawyers Day".

We suspect this holiday was created by those sneaky florists or greeting card companies, but we're always ready for an excuse to celebrate and use up the leftovers from yesterday's celebration of the 81st anniversary of the effective date of the Cullen-Harrison act.


So... in honor of "Be Kind to Lawyers Day", Doxpop is doing the following:

  • During the day of April 8th, We'll add 20 free searches to the account of any attorney or law firm that comments on this post or emails us at support@doxpop.com.
  • If you don't already have a Doxpop account, convince us that you're a lawyer, and we'll set you up with a free account that's good for 60 free searches during the next month (Yes, that's a nod toward "National Thinly-Veiled Marketing Day", but you might as well take advantage of the opportunity.)
  • We promise to cease and desist from telling lawyer jokes for one day on or about April 8, 2014.
From a more serious perspective, we really do appreciate the attorneys we work with. People love to poke fun at attorneys, but we're in the camp that thinks a confrontation in a courtroom is a vast improvement over a fistfight (or worse) in the street.

The practice of law can get ugly sometimes, but we must never forget that the alternative is much uglier.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The six steps to license reinstatement following a suspension for non-payment.

Doxpop's main business is providing on-line access to Indiana Court information, but we also provide an on-line payment service for citations that currently covers 27 Indiana Counties.

For most people, the process is simple. They pay their ticket and get on with their lives (hopefully with less speed & more care.)

However, we often work with people who neglected a ticket for too long and now have a license suspension. These people are in a world of hurt because this can't be fixed in one day or even a few days. However, paying via Doxpop is usually the fastest way to get the process started. Over the years, we've learned something about the process. Here's how it works, and a few key pieces of information to help you along the way:

First, make sure you acknowledge the whole problem. This process is straightforward for a single overdue ticket, but if you've got a more complicated situation, you should really be looking for an attorney instead of an on-line payment service.

1) When you've decided to pay, get it done quickly.
You can either pay your ticket at the clerk's office with cash, certified check, or money order, or you can use Doxpop's Fine Payment Service to pay it on-line. Payments through Doxpop are sent to the clerk's office and receipted on your case within 15 minutes, so we're usually the fastest method. Doxpop charges a convenience fee for our service, so if you are not in a hurry, you can save money by going straight to the clerk. If your citation is not filed in one of the counties we work with, you might be able to pay it through the State Court's payment site.

2) If you are in Indiana, wait one full business day.
All of the clerks we work with are excellent about reporting your payment to the BMV quickly. Depending on local business processes, all payments are reported either in the late afternoon or early morning following payment during a business day. These notices are sent electronically, so the BMV can process them automatically.

3) If you are outside of Indiana, get a copy of your "SR-16".
As of this writing, the Indiana BMV has a serious backlog in their processing. (Not casting blame, just giving you the facts.) That means it may take more than a week for your state's BMV to hear from Indiana that the citation has been paid. Some BMV offices will accept proof of payment in the form of an "SR-16 notice of payment" from the clerk of court. You can usually obtain this from the clerk's office where the payment was made by calling and asking nicely. ("Nicely" is the key word for getting anything done quickly.) If you don't have the clerk's phone number, feel free to call us at 866-369-7671 and we'll happily look it up for you.

4) Whether you are in Indiana or elsewhere, you will need to get in touch with the BMV and pay a reinstatement fee to get your license back. In Indiana you will find information on suspension and reinstatement on the BMV web site:  http://www.in.gov/bmv/2330.htm. You can call the Indiana BMV at 888-692-6841. Other contact information may be found at their web site: https://secure.in.gov/BMV/mybmv/Contact.aspx

5) In Indiana, you may also need to submit proof of insurance. The BMV will only accept this if it is sent directly from your insurance company, so plan for this in advance by contacting your agent to make sure they are prepared to submit this on your behalf.

6) Did we remember to say "Be Nice"? We know you need to be able to drive to work, and care about helping you get this taken care of quickly. However, you should prepare to be patient and kind to everyone you speak to. Even on their best day, nobody calls a Clerk's office or the BMV to compliment them or ask them to relax, so know in advance that grumpy and impatient won't make you stand out from the crowd.

Finally, please don't interpret any of what's been said above as legal advice. We are not attorneys, and we are only telling you the mechanics of how the accounting process works after you have already made a decision to pay the ticket. If you have a question about that decision, seek an attorney to advise you.

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Castle Courier Times prints nice article about Doxpop's Property Watch Service.

Following up on a recent public demonstration, the Courier Times in New Castle Indiana has published a nice article describing the property watch service that Doxpop provides at no cost to recorders who partner with us for their public access needs:

http://www.thecouriertimes.com/main.asp?SectionID=23&SubSectionID=45&ArticleID=286059

Doxpop's Property Watch Service may be found at http://watch.doxpop.com. The service allows people to set a watch for any documents filed in their local recorder's office that affect their property. The Doxpop Property Watch Service provides eMailed notification within 10 minutes of the time that the document is filed.

There is no cost to either the county or the users of the property watch service. This allows recorders to add a valuable service for their constituents without increased use of public funds.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Franklin County Converts to Odyssey

Franklin County has just made the switch to JTAC's Odyssey System for management of court cases. Luckily, Doxpop's service with the county should not be affected by this recent conversion. All Franklin County court records found on the state funded Odyssey site can also be found on Doxpop.  In addition, you are also able to utilize Doxpop's many features such as calendars, email alerts, and advanced searching with Franklin County court cases.

However, there are two changes you should be aware of:

1) Online payment for traffic infractions in Franklin County is no longer available through our services.

2) The other change is the lack of financial information that you would normally find in the case summary of other Doxpop partner courts. The Indiana Division of State Court Administration has informed us that the clerks using the Odyssey system prefer that financial information not be made public. The Clerks in the other counties we serve have decided that this is useful information that the public should have access to, so we're puzzled that only Clerks using Odyssey have decided not to share this information. If you think financial transactions are an important part of the public record, please ask the clerks you work with to contact the Division about making it available through Doxpop.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scott County Recorder Joins Doxpop

The Scott County Recorder is pleased to announce two new services for providing access to Scott County's Recorded documents through the web. 

The index to documents and their images filed in October, 1991 or later are now available on-line at http://www.doxpop.com. Basic information about the documents is available at no cost. Detailed information and documents images are available as a fee-based service. 

In addition, The Recorder's Office now offers a free property watch service to our community. Any person may sign up at http://watch.doxpop.com to set a watch on his or her property and name. Participants are notified via email any time a document is filed that references the watched property or name.  

Both of these services have been provided without any use of public funding (no use of tax money.) The access provided by these services is in addition to the public access already provided at the courthouse. 

For additional information, contact Annalee Turley at  the Recorder's Office, (812) 752-8442 or Nick Fankhauser at Doxpop, LLC; (765) 373-9245; nickf@doxpop.com.

 

 

 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Porter County Records Are Now Complete!

We have a bit of exciting news to share with you this week! Porter County is now filing all court case information online. This includes the addition of both criminal and civil court cases to the Doxpop network.

Previously, only Porter County traffic and other citation case information was available through Doxpop.

Porter County court case information beginning in January 2000 is now available to all Doxpop users. Visit www.doxpop.com to sign up today!