In an attempt to jump-start the legislation which seems to have stalled,
lawmakers eviscerated much of
Senate Bill 881, so long-term relief for drivers in Bakersfield and Fresno may be off
the table, at least for now.
The good news for supporters of Senator Hertzberg’s drivers’
license suspension bill is that it appears to be headed for a vote in
the State Senate. The bad news is that the proposal has been essentially
gutted by amendments. Instead of changing the mandatory license suspension
provision for delinquent traffic tickets, the new S.B. 881 extends the
existing ticket amnesty for an additional nine months (from the end of
March 2017 to the end of December 2017) and changes the ticket eligibility
date from January 2013 to January 2015. Additionally, the state will not
reimburse local counties for the expenses they incur in expanding the amnesty.
The measure’s seven co-sponsors all removed their names from S.B. 881.
Amnesty v Attorney
Instead of the first step towards a more rational system, S.B. 881 is now
only a fresh Band-Aid. This move is somewhat surprising in light of the
lawsuit that the ACLU just filed, but it appears that lawmakers are still
hopeful that they can collect some of the
billions of dollars that automatic license suspension generates.
For people who are essentially homeless, the ticket amnesty is a welcome
relief. But for the rest of us, the usual 50 percent discount is little
help, because half of $2,000 is $1,000 that most people do not have. Furthermore,
the amnesty does not give drivers a chance to contest their fees or fight
In most cases, an attorney can get a suspended drivers’ license reinstated
in only a couple of days, and thanks to recent
rules changes, get the tickets placed on the trial docket. There, an attorney can negotiate
with prosecutors and leverage the available defenses to reduce the fines
even more, and save you some real money.
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,
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