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State of California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program in Effect

Sep 10, 2016 08:35PM ● By Paul Spear

A State of California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program in Effect of People who have Fallen on Hard Times and have Unpaid Tickets

Info C/O Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni G.Atkins

You Might Be Eligible for Help with that Ticket

A reminder for motorists with outstanding traffic tickets: If you're facing financial hardship, the state's Traffic Ticket / Infractions Amnesty Program can help. This program may reduce fines by up to 80%, potentially saving you from a household budget crisis.

In order to qualify, the initial payment for the ticket must have been due on or before January 1st, 2013, and there must have been no attempts to pay for the ticket after September 30th, 2015.

If there have been attempts to pay the ticket after September 30th, 2015, applicants won't qualify for a fine reduction, but they may be eligible for the license-reinstatement provisions of the program if their payment plans are in good standing.

Once in the program, participants will not have to pay any civil assessments, and the remaining balance owed will be reduced by 50% to 80%, based on income.

For instance, if you receive public assistance or your income is less than $14,712 for individuals, or $30,312 for a family of four, your fine can be reduced by 80%. Other applicants are eligible to have their fines cut in half. There may be a $50 charge to enter the amnesty program.

The program applies to unpaid infractions or “failure to appear” notices. The program is closed to those with:

  • Unpaid parking tickets
  • Tickets for reckless driving and DUI violations
  • Outstanding warrants for certain misdemeanors and felonies or if they owe victim restitution

The amnesty program continues through March 31st, 2017. In order to join, motorists can contact San Diego County Superior Court, at (858) 634-1800.

I understand there are people who want to take responsibility for their mistakes, yet also have a hard time making ends meet. It is my hope that the state's Traffic Ticket / Infractions Amnesty Program will give them the support they need to pay their fines, without causing them or their families any undue burdens.

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