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Attention: California No Longer Suspends Driver’s Licenses for Unpaid Traffic Fines!

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose traffic violation defense lawyers, traffic ticket, unpaid traffic fines, driver's license suspension, traffic finesAccording to the Los Angeles Times, as of next month Californians will no longer face losing their driver’s licenses due to unpaid traffic fines. Historically, drivers who accrued outstanding unpaid traffic tickets risked having their licenses suspended; however, according to Governor Jerry Brown, this form of punishment was not an effective way of collecting unpaid fines for the state.

Additionally, the governor also argues that such a system helped perpetuate a cycle of job loss and poverty among low-income individuals who were unable to pay their traffic tickets. Therefore, a new law that takes place in August will abolish the practice of suspending licenses based solely on outstanding unpaid traffic tickets.

However, it is important to note that the new law will not apply retroactively to people who have already had their driver’s licenses suspended. Additionally, it should also be pointed out that even after California’s new law takes effect, the consequences associated with ignoring outstanding traffic fines are still substantial.

The Consequences of Ignoring Outstanding Traffic Fines

Just because the State of California will no longer suspend your driver’s license for unpaid traffic fines does not mean that ignoring outstanding tickets is without consequences. If you fail to pay your traffic fines, the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ notes that you may face a variety of different consequences, namely increased fines, points added to your driving record, and even a warrant out for your arrest.

Increased Fines: The fine associated with violating a traffic law in California will almost always increase if the violator fails to pay the original fine before the deadline specified on the citation. In some instances fines will even double if they are not paid on time. 

Points Added to Your Driving Record: When a driver is issued a traffic ticket, he or she often accumulates points on his or her driving record. However, failing to pay an outstanding traffic ticket can mean being assigned additional points. Here in California the point system is used to monitor the driving habits of all licensed drivers in the state by assigning points to drivers each time they receive a traffic ticket.

If one driver is assigned a specified number of points within a given timeframe, the his or her driver’s license may be revoked or suspended. For example, the Department of Motor Vehicles may revoked or suspend a Californian’s license if he or she receives four or more points within a 12 month period.

Warrant for Your Arrest: In extreme cases failing to address a traffic ticket in a timely manner can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest. If arrested under such a warrant you may be sentenced to serve time in jail, but most likely you will be ordered to complete a specified number of community service hours instead.

Reach Out to Us for Help Today 

If you have outstanding traffic tickets in California that you would like to fight call the experienced San Jose traffic violation defense lawyers of Jachimowicz Law Group today. Our traffic violation defense team defends clients across Northern California against alleged traffic violations, as well as the various legal troubles that can surface from failing to pay traffic fines in a timely manner.

Source:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-driver-license-fees-20170629-story.html

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