There is good news for limited English proficiency drivers who do not have
a current drivers' license.
In addition to the standard English test, motorists can take the exam in
Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, French, German,
Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese,
Korean, Laotian, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian,
Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, and
Vietnamese. An audio test or person-to-person test, in a
non-English language or with an interpreter, is also possible.
You must call ahead for an appointment.
Prior to the American Civil War, some judges who forced runaway slaves
to return to their masters were paid more money than judges who allowed
these individuals to remain free. That's no longer the case: government
officials do not have a direct financial incentive to fine you. In fact,
the opposite is sometimes true. Two years ago, a Texas police officer
gave a man a ticket for failure to renew his registration sticker and a $100
bill, out of his own pocket, so the driver could renew his registration
and show proof of compliance to the judge.
Judges in Lamont and Shafter may often accept proof of compliance in lieu
of a fine in many cases. Some of the more common ones are:
Some judges may also dismiss the ticket, so it does not go on your record
and your insurance rates may not go up. So, before you pay the fine, speak
to a lawyer to see if there's another way.