California’s second ticket amnesty program began on October 1. While
some low-income drivers may be eligible for some relief, it remains to
be seen whether or not the amnesty will bring any permanent change.
In addition to discounts on past-due fines, penalty assessments, and add-ons,
some drivers may be eligible for drivers’ license reinstatement.
Reckless driving and a few other violations are not eligible at all, and
the ticket must also meet certain date and other restrictions. To take
advantage of the limited program, alleged violators cannot contest their
citations; they just have to
pay what the state claims they owe. Governor Brown instigated the plan several
months ago, reasoning that a person who owes thousands of dollars may
be tempted to just give up.
The amnesty runs through next March.
Amnesty vs. Attorney
The ticket amnesty could correctly be described as a temporary splint on
a broken leg: when the splint comes off, the leg is still broken. As far
as California drivers are concerned, when the current amnesty expires, fines,
penalty assessments, and add-ons will still be incredibly high. More importantly, the state
will be quick to suspend the drivers’ license of anyone who doesn’t
pay, regardless of the reason or reasons for the nonpayment.
On the other hand, an attorney can normally do
everything the ticket amnesty does, and more. A lawyer can normally get your suspended
license quickly reinstated, if the suspension was for tickets you have
never appeared on, which means you can get back on the road. Once the
case goes to trial, an attorney advocates for you in front of the judge
to get the ticket thrown out or the fine/points reduced.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.