It’s an all too common story: someone gets a traffic ticket, they can’t afford to pay the fine and then they end up having their driver’s license suspended as a result. Even Governor Jerry Brown calls the problem a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor. Now California has introduced a new DMV amnesty program to help drivers in this situation avoid losing their license. The law is a major win for the low-income residents of the California.
Under the new DMV amnesty program, residents can get packets from their local courthouse that will allow them to apply for reduced payments of 20-50% of what they originally were asked to pay. Additionally, some drivers will be allowed to pay in installments and keep their licenses in good standing while they pay off the fines. Some civil and court fees may even be waived for some tickets. If you have any questions about the program, your attorney can help answer them.
Unfortunately, not all driving infractions qualify for the program, particularly those involving reckless driving or drunk driving charges. If you have been accused of either of these crimes, your best bet is to speak to a DUI lawyer to see what you can do to fight the charges.
If you have been accused of any driving offense and would like to know if you may qualify for reduced fines or payment installments under this new DMV amnesty program, please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation with Peter M. Liss.
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