Unfortunately, the cost of reinstating a driver’s license is more
than it should be. However, most CA residents that have had traffic tickets
or suspensions know that it’s more about revenue than appropriately
punishing careless drivers. If the state cared about their resident drivers,
they would make it work so when the punishment for the traffic infraction
is complete, or the driver has caught up on back child support payments,
their license would automatically be reinstated. Instead, the state forces
the driver to pay a fee for reinstating a driver’s license.
The Process of Reinstating a Driver’s License
The first part of the process is clear, pay your fine and suspension period,
community service, traffic school, or whatever the court ordered for your
violation of the CA Vehicle Code (CVC) or pay work out a repayment plan
for the ticket or child support and get the court’s approval.
It may not always require a traffic ticket defense attorney, but you should
consult with one, so you will know for sure. Traffic ticket attorneys
spend the most of their time representing clients in traffic court and
hear all the arguments and proposal. A good traffic ticket defense team
like Bigger & Harman will tell you upfront in layman terms the best
approach and whether you need an attorney.
Never Drive While Under Suspension
This is by far the most important condition to reinstating a driver’s
license. If you drive under suspension, your license could be revoked
by the court or DMV. CVC 14601,
Violation of License Provisions is very clear, “No person shall drive a motor vehicle at any time
when that person’s driving privilege is suspended or revoked…”
the statute goes on to explain the consequences of a conviction of driving
with a suspended or revoked license. It states, “…imprisonment
in a county jail for not less than five days or more than six months…”
and further prescribes a fine of at least $300 but less than $1000, before
adding the state and county surcharges, penalties, and fees, which will
make the fine more than six or seven times as much as that ordered by
the judge. Also, the judge could order both fine and imprisonment. It
could cost thousands more before DMV even thinks about reinstating a driver’s license.
OK, so now that you have done your suspension time and performed all the
requirements ordered by the court, reinstating a driver’s license
is a simple matter of taking your proof to the court clerk and paying
the reinstatement fee, which is normally $55 but once again it depends
on the circumstances, and it could be as much as $275. Consult the DMV
website to clarify your situation and if it is still not clear ask a traffic ticket attorney.
Consult a Central Valley Traffic Ticket Defense Team
When notified of a driver’s license suspension, or you need legal
advice about a traffic ticket consult with the best Traffic Ticket Defense
Team in Central Valley. Whether you’re in Inyo County or Los Angeles,
call Bigger & Harman, for a consultation, 661-349-9300, or send an email:
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