California Senate Bill 237 was introduced by State Senator Hertzberg and
was meant to amend Section
13365 of the Vehicle Code. This act was designed to address inconsistencies
in recording traffic infractions leading to a driver’s license (DL)
What Is California Senate Bill 237?
Under previous California law, a person's license could be suspended
if a court notified the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that a fine
or bail was not paid. CA SB 237 invalidates any suspension enacted because
of this on, or prior to June 27, 2017. This act requires the DMV to comply
and erase qualified suspensions on, or before July 1, 2018.
CA SB 237 Affect Driver’s License (DL) Suspensions?
This bill was amended several times but is now law. Language was introduced
to the bill that highlighted several exemptions. While suspensions from
certain fine and bail non-payments will be nullified, other suspensions
What CA SB 237 accomplishes is removing the what some saw as coercive action
by courts and the DMV to demand that stipulate mandatory court hearings
for infractions that produce exorbitant fines that were seen as a way
to raise revenue rather than punitive. These hearings usually require
nominal court costs and license reinstatement fees of at least $55. This
bill is a Senate “cleansing action” that removes undue and
unearned costs, restrictions, and increased insurance burdens for people
who only have minor traffic tickets. In effect, it nullifies many license
suspensions that were created for clerical and administrative reasons,
not specific traffic infractions.
Which Specific Driving Behavior Is Exempted?
The traffic infractions that are exempted from the protections of CA SB
237 are those that are attached to reckless driving, drug and alcohol
DUI, and damages or bodily harm charges for hit and run. It also does
not protect drivers from suspensions due to compounded past charges. This
bill is meant to prevent future financial and legal problems for drivers
not knowing that they missed a court date or failed to pay their fine
by a specific date.
Tulare Traffic Court
Tulare drivers who have an unexpected DL suspension need to determine if
they fall under the protections of CA SB 237, or must complete a court
action as scheduled. The Tulare Traffic Court clerk's office is open
daily from 8 AM to 5 PM. Here, drivers can pay fines, ask questions regarding
suspensions and the new Senate bill, and satisfy some court requirements.
Infractions and tickets can also be paid online using the court's citation
payment portal. However, as always, it is advisable to consult with a traffic ticket
attorney prior to just paying a traffic ticket fine.
Consult with a Local Tulare County Traffic Attorney
Isn’t it time you got back on the road and got on with your life.
The State of California is trying to correct some of the overzealous application
of DL suspension during the first part of this century, which cost many
CA residents the ability to drive to work and prosper in the CA economy.
Many people without a DL in CA become deadweight and dependent on the
state to provide for their family’s needs, contributing nothing
to the economy. How can someone contribute to the society without a means
of traveling back and forth to work or complete other basic tasks to take
care of their family? This has become a drain on the state. CA SB 237
seeks to eliminate suspensions that have caused so much harm.
Still, the system can be complicated, set up an appointment for consultation
with Bigger & Harman to discuss the particulars of your individual
case and bring your court documents and DMV record print out. Some that
were facing thousands of dollars in fines can get reduced fines or dismissed
charges by hiring the local Tulare County traffic ticket defenders, Bigger
& Harman. They are there in traffic court on a near daily basis and
know the challenges of fighting a system that has become out of touch
with its citizens.
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 to ask about your circumstances
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