Do You Owe Traffic Courts Vast Sums of Money? Is your Driver's License Suspended Due to Failure to Appear or Failure to Pay a Fine?
Help Is On The Way - California Courts To Offer Debt Relief!!!
Starting October 1, 2015, the Government wants to give a break to people with long-outstanding debts to traffic courts. The program slashes the amount due on unpaid tickets for traffic infractions that were originally due to be paid by January 1, 2013 (or with an original court date on or before that date). Courts and counties will remove all civil assessments associated with the ticket, and then reduce the remaining amount by 50 percent. Drivers who receive public assistance or who make less than 125% of the federal poverty level ($14,712 for individuals, $30, 312 for a family of four) is eligible for an even-greater 80% discount. Additionally, payment plans can be made based on the driver’s ability to pay. Counties or courts are allowed to charge a fee of up to $50 for the amnesty program.
If the driver’s license has been suspended for failure to pay the ticket, the license can be reinstated for the standard $55 DMV license reinstatement fee. Nobody is required to see a judge! With a few exceptions, any person eligible to have a driver’s license can take part in the program, including undocumented aliens who are eligible for a driver’s license under AB 60. Unfortunately, drivers who have already made a payment aren’t eligible for fine reduction, but they are eligible to have their licenses reinstated. Individuals who owe victim restitution within the county where the ticket was issued, or who have certain outstanding felony or misdemeanor warrants are not eligible.
Sorry: parking tickets aren’t included. Tickets for misdemeanors are not automatically qualified, but some courts and counties may extend the program to include misdemeanors. DUI and reckless driving offenses will not be included.
The program will run through March 31, 2017. Details of the program will vary from county to county. For more information contact the lawyers at California Traffic Defenders.