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The California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose traffic violations attorney, California traffic ticketNo one likes being pulled over by the police. People like it even less when they receive a ticket or citation as a result. However, for some, that is only the beginning of the problems. Many people work paycheck to paycheck and simply cannot afford to shell out extra money for an expense of which they did not plan or budget. Until this year, a program was in place to help those individuals. The California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program was enacted in 2015 as a measure to relieve the financial burden receiving a ticket can have. However, that program ended as of April 3, 2017.

About the Amnesty Program

Under the program, drivers with unpaid tickets were eligible to have the amount they owed reduced or have their revoked driver’s license reinstated, barring any legal exclusions. Roughly 200,000 people were assisted by this program which helped them reduce the amount of debt they had to pay and the time frame in which they had to pay it. Now, the program has expired. So, what does that mean for you?

Being convicted of a traffic crime can result in a criminal record, your license being suspended, and hefty fines. The conviction can upset your ability to get yourself to work or transport your family to and from school. Getting a ticket can even cause the cost of your auto insurance to increase. Therefore, if you are facing a moving violation, it is important that you consult an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the process and advise you of your options.

An attorney may be able to raise issues that will mitigate either your sentence, fine, or flatly dispute what the issuing officer has put in his or her report. For example, a defense to your moving violation could be the “doctrine of necessity,” which is a theory that states that the illegality of one’s actions is not as important as the necessity for the action to be taken. Your lawyer will also examine the police report for accuracy and completion. Having an attorney assist you with your defense can mean the difference between a minor fine, or a financially destructive obstacle.

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If you or someone you love has been charged with reckless driving or speeding in Santa Clara County, you need a responsive and dedicated attorney to handle your case—a lawyer who can help you avoid some of the harsher consequences of letting this matter go unattended. Contact a San Jose traffic violations attorney at Jachimowicz Law Group at 408-246-5500 for a free consultation.

Source:

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/03/29/california-traffic-amnesty-program-ending/

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