An earlier report that non-white drivers in Bakersfield and Fresno lost
their drivers’ licenses at a higher rate than some other groups
prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to file an action in federal court.
In April, the ACLU sent letters to a number of counties threatening further
action if they did not revise their drivers’ license suspension
policies, and the
lawsuit is the organization’s way of making good on its threat. Some officials
apparently believed that the ticket amnesty provided adequate relief,
but many families must still pay hundreds of dollars they do not have,
even if their citations were eligible. The group may have also been emboldened
by the way the California Supreme Court almost immediately changed its
rules in Fresno County after the ACLU took it to task.
Rubicon Programs, a California nonprofit, joined in the suit, which demands
injunctive relief and a declaratory judgment.
Drivers’ License Suspension
Roughly four million Californians are driving on suspended licenses right
at this moment simply because they did not pay a traffic ticket on time
or missed another court deadline. A suspended license is a ticking time
bomb and a
VC 14601 citation means a maximum six months in jail and often more than a $1,000
in fines. Lack of knowledge is not a defense, because there is a “conclusive
presumption” that the defendant received the notice if it went to
the address of record.
At best, the amnesty only reduces the amount due. But in most cases, an
attorney can get a suspended license
reinstated almost immediately and put the tickets back on the docket, where there
is a full range of defenses available that can save motorists some serious 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.