Drivers in Visalia and Porterville who are looking forward to drivers’
license suspension relief from the Legislature will have to keep waiting.
The wait for
Senate Bill 881 to pass is starting to look like the wait for hostage release negotiations
to end. Over six months since its introduction in the Senate, the measure
is stuck in committee in the state Assembly. The measure appears to enjoy
bipartisan support, and several state newspapers have endorsed it, but
so far, all the accolades and positive press have not meant anything.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg’s proposal would end the automatic $300 civil
penalty and mandatory license suspension for failure to appear, at least
in some cases.
Drivers’ License Suspension
At first glance, S.B. 881 seems to be a boon for the estimated
four million Californians who are driving on suspended licenses at this very moment.
But on closer examination, the proposed law does not provide much help.
Ending the $300 civil penalty is nice, but the full fine and penalty assessments
still apply, and in nearly all cases, this amount substantially outweighs
the civil penalty. If enacted, the law only applies to a willful failure
to pay. So, persons who did not receive actual notice of the suspension
may have a defense (although it is rather tenuous), but everyone else
is out of luck. Finally, S.B. 881 is not retroactive, which means that
there is no relief to those whose licenses have already been suspended.
In most cases, an attorney can
reverse a DL suspension in as little as one day with no court appearance required
by the client. Once the tickets are back on the docket, a lawyer can fight
the case and get the tickets thrown out or at least get the penalties
reduced. This remedies are available whether your drivers’ license
was suspended a week ago or a decade ago.
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.