If you're thinking of heading to the DMV for an AB-60 license, you
may want to stop by a lawyer's office first.
Part of the pre-screening process involves a check for
outstanding traffic tickets. If you have unpaid tickets, you'll be denied a license and be subject
to arrest if a warrant was issued. It's rather easy for the state
to look up your name and date of birth. This same check can also reveal
whether or not you've previously applied for a drivers' license
using someone else's Social Security number.
Millions of undocumented immigrants are expected to apply for a license
under the provisions of Assembly Bill 60.
An unpaid ticket is like a ticking time bomb. It's only a matter of
time before you run a stop sign, change lanes without signaling, exit
a private driveway without signaling or violate another of the
thousands of provisions in the California Vehicle Code. When that happens, your name will pop
up on a computer and the officer will have the authority to take you to jail.
At that point, the initial fine and penalty assessments can be miniscule
compared to the penalties added on for failure to appear in court. The
judge may assess civil penalties against you as well. Altogether, you'll
face thousands of dollars in fines and costs, and the only way to get
out of jail may be to pay them in full.
All this headache and expense can be easily avoided. An attorney practicing
in Lamont can have the
warrants lifted, and review your case to get the best possible results. Once the
case is back on the docket, your lawyer can appear in court and help you
get the fine and/or points reduced. With a clean record, you should be
able to get your license and drive to work without worrying about the
law pulling you over.