A new lawsuit alleges that a Chicago debt collector – like the ones
that are used for many Inyo and Mono County unpaid traffic tickets –
used illegal collection tactics.
According to court documents, Keisha Newsom had unpaid traffic tickets
from 2007 and 2008. These tickets were sold to Harris & Harris, an
Illinois debt buyer. Ms. Newsom states that the firm ran a skip trace
to find her cell phone number, and even after she sent Harris & Harris
a cease-and-desist letter, the firm kept sending automated phone calls
to her cell phone. It is against both California and federal debt collection
law to call a cell phone without the owner’s consent, and using
an auto-dialer is a bit of a grey area as well.
Ms. Newsom demands damages of
$4,500 per call. If a judge certifies the suit as a class action, the company could also
be forced to repay some of the money it collected.
Drivers’ License Suspension and Unpaid Tickets
$10 billion in unpaid traffic ticket debt, the state is now more aggressive than ever
when it comes to collecting this money. But, for those who have unpaid
tickets, a few calls to a cell phone may be the least of their concerns.
If a driver misses a court date or a payment deadline, for whatever reason,
the state nearly always automatically suspends the person’s drivers’
license. The notice is mailed to the address the DMV has on file, and
since that address is often incorrect, many people have no idea they are
driving with suspended licenses. A
VC 14601 (driving with suspended license) misdemeanor carries a fine that can total
more than $1500 total (fines and penalty assessments), two points, and
a maximum six months in jail for a first offense.
In most cases, an attorney can get the suspension order set aside in only
a few days. Moreover, the lawyer will fight your ticket when it goes to
court, to save you money.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-349-9755.