He should retain an attorney because it is the fastest way to get what he needs, an abstract, to get a license while dealing with the fines from GC Services and the attorney can appear on his behalf. Traffic ticket attorneys handle this type of matter. Good luck.
If he has never appeared in court, they are in Failure to Appear status. An attorney can easily set these matters on calendar to clear the License Suspension. Then the attorney can fight these tickets in court. If the tickets are in Failure to Pay Status, meaning he pleaded no contest and agreed to pay the fine, there is not much he can do.
Seth Weinstein, Esq.
Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney
This reply should NOT be considered a legal opinion of your case / inquiry. At this time I do not have sufficient factual/legal documentation to give a complete answer to your question and there may be more to the issues you raised then I have set out in my brief reply.
The fee for a traffic court attorney is minimal and actually saves your friend money because attorneys negotiate fees by presenting possible defenses to the charges inducing lowered fines. An attorney, once retained, can immediately get a license reinstated - within 24 hours - and reset the matter on to the court's calendar. The most appealing part is that your friend never has to make a court appearance - his/her lawyer will handle the entire matter and they can just go on about their daily life. There are attorneys, like myself, that can successfully reinstate the license immediately and for reasonable fees. Good luck!
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