If you have unpaid parking tickets in the state of California, you might be wondering whether or not your license is at risk. The short answer is yes. While every legal issue is complicated, California Law is fairly straightforward when it comes to unpaid parking tickets. Fines that are not paid on time can result in license suspension. Circumstances are individual, but here are the basic facts you need to know about unpaid parking tickets in California.
When you receive a ticket, that ticket has a number on it. The ticket will also provide you with a time frame in which you must respond to the ticket. You can respond by paying the ticket, at which point you are pleading guilty. Alternatively, you can decide to dispute your ticket and fight it in court. Either way, the responsibility lies with you to either pay or schedule a hearing within the timeframe given to you. If you can’t find the timeframe on the ticket, you can usually look it up on the DMV website. Pay very close attention to your ticket in the information on it, as ignoring or skipping over any part of it can cause you more trouble in the future.
Some people simply don’t want to pay for their ticket and they feel that no serious harm will come to them if they don’t. That is obviously not the case. If it comes down to a simple lack of desire to pay for your ticket, it’s really not worth it to avoid paying. However, if you are unable to pay for your ticket, that’s another thing altogether. The actual ticket fine usually isn’t that expensive. What inflates the cost of California tickets are the surcharges that are added to them. You can very well take a $35 ticket and watch it become a $235 ticket just because of the administrative surcharges and other fees that are often tacked onto traffic tickets. If you can’t pay, you may be able to negotiate with the courts. However, your success in this endeavor is limited without an attorney. The law is clear. If you don’t pay on time, your license will likely be suspended.
There are many consequences of having your license suspended. For many, it means the inability to get to work or to take their kids to school. If you live in a very rural area, it can even be in the inability to get groceries for your family. Most states, California included, have a restricted license you can apply for if you have a suspended license. You have to prove that having your license entirely suspended would cause you undue hardship. Undue hardship could be something like losing your job because you couldn’t drive to work. While many people try to make the case for undue hardship on their own, you’ll be much more likely to find success with an experienced California traffic attorney by your side.
At Ticket Void, we’ve worked for years with drivers just like you. We help pair you with a qualified attorney in your area who is vetted and capable of helping you with your specific case. By entering just a few pieces of information about your case, we can find and email you the information of an attorney near you who is best suited to help you with your case. The initial consultation is free, so what do you have to lose? Get started today, and exercise your right to fight.