Asked 4 months ago - Oceanside, CAFlag
My license is on suspension because of lack of payments. I was wondering if there was any way to ask the court to bring the fine down since it has been so long. I have been without a license for 3 years. One of the tickets is a fix it ticket. The other is a speeding violation.
It depends if you never appeared on your tickets (FTA) versus a failure to pay (FTP). If your tickets are in FTA status, you can have an attorney go in and clear them up. If they are in FTP status, you are stuck.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Practicing throughout Southern California
You always have the option of going into Court to request a reduction, however, since it's been so long it will likely not work in your favor. The court will give you an abstract stating you have fulfilled the requirements once you pay off the fines. Then make an appointment at the DMV to pay your reissue fee. It's hard to say what the Court will do, but you could talk to a traffic attorney who offers a free consultation.
If you have never appeared on the cases, you can likely appear at court, and enter a not guilty plea to the underlying citations. The court will then set a trial for the citations, and the officers will likely not have the citations on the trial dates and the underlying citations might get dismissed saving you money on the cases. However, on each case where you failed to attend the arraignment on the given date, the court has added a $300 civil assessment and those will only be removed by the court for good cause--death, in the hospital, military leave, etc. It would be worth looking into the tickets to see how much money you can save. An attorney can appear at court and enter the not guilty pleas for you and that may lift the hold on your license.
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