Get Your California Traffic Ticket Forgiven Without a Lawyer
Many states have a program that helps individuals who are financially strapped pay off their back traffic tickets and parking offenses. These programs are aimed at helping people keep their driver's licenses and helping them get out of the trouble they would find themselves in if their infractions went unpaid. If you don't pay tickets off or show up to a court date, you will lose your ability to drive as your license will get suspended until payment is rendered.
These types of disruptions can wreak havoc on people's daily lives. It ends up causing people not to be able to get to work or go about their daily lives. Fortunately, California has begun to recognize this problem and is willing to do something to help if you fall into certain categories of the population who are struggling to pay. California is beginning to recognize that many people end up getting traffic tickets that add late fees and other penalties to their tickets, making them even more unaffordable than before. These practices are not always the best and can cause people huge problems daily and personal lives. That may not have been the original intent of giving someone a ticket, but it can be the result of the tickets over time as they get more costly to pay off.
DoNotPay recognizes that many Americans will not have the ability to pay off these increasingly expensive tickets. We are here to help you get your ticket forgiven if you don't have the means to pay for your ticket. Not addressing the problem of your traffic ticket can be a problem that continues to pick up more fees that snowball into a bigger problem as you can't pay off the cost.
Does California Forgive Traffic Tickets?
In short, the answer is: yes. California has a California Ticket Amnesty Program, which provides more than $300 million in proposed forgiveness for low-income Californians who have gotten tickets that they can't afford to pay. Many people have lost work throughout the recent pandemic, making it harder to pay what they owe on traffic tickets. Anyone with a low income who has gotten a traffic ticket through June 31st, 2021, and during the pandemic will be exempt from paying.
To qualify for these specific discounts or forgiveness on your traffic ticket, you must meet the following criteria:
- been someone who has traffic tickets that were owed between January 1st, 2015, and June 30th, 2021
- have attempted to make any payments on the ticket before September 30th, 2015
- have a ticket that does include a DUI, reckless driving offense, or parking ticket
These are some of the criteria that Governor Newsom set forth to require you to be able to qualify to have part of your ticket forgiven. Gavin Newsom has also tagged $300 million in the relief money that California received to take care of these ticket fees to cover the shortfall in the budget that would occur by just forgiving the loans with no plans to pay them back with other monies.
What Traffic Tickets are Eligible for Forgiveness?
Only some traffic tickets are eligible for forgiveness, and some of the serious offenses that people commit may not be eligible for forgiveness. In those cases, you will have to pay off your ticket to regain your driver's license and get your record clear. California is helping as many low-income individuals get their licenses back as possible to clear their records and get on with their lives.
California has deemed certain populations NOT eligible for these forgiveness programs, including individuals who had a ticket due before January 1st, 2013, and they either did nothing about it or did make payments but none after September 30th, 2015.
The tickets that you need to be forgiven must also meet the following criteria as traffic tickets:
- tickets cannot be for the following:
- reckless driving offenses
- parking tickets
- some misdemeanors may be eligible for ticket forgiveness (others will not be eligible)
- you must not have any other misdemeanor or felony warrants outstanding in the county in which you are applying for ticket forgiveness
- you must not owe victim restitution to anyone in the county where you are applying for amnesty
If you are determined to meet the eligibility requirements for ticket forgiveness, you will be able to receive amnesty for a 50% discount on your outstanding court-ordered debt, as well as not having to pay any civil assessment fines. The intent of California forgiving these tickets and legal fees is to help ease the financial burdens on lower-income Californians who can't otherwise afford to pay for these fees lingering on them for years. Relieving financial burdens on individuals and families can help individuals go on to take care of other necessities with that money rather than worrying about paying the state off for minor offenses that happened some time ago.
DoNotPay Can Help You Determine if You Are Eligible for Ticket Forgiveness in Two Minutes
If you live in California and are wondering if you are eligible for their ticket forgiveness and amnesty program, then DoNotPay is here to help. DoNotPay can help you determine if you are eligible for ticket forgiveness. All you have to do are follow these five simple steps to determine if you are eligible:
- Log-in to DoNotPay and go to the Ticket Disputes category. Select the correct product based on your traffic ticket.
- Upload a photo of your citation.
- Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.
- Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf!
- That's it! You'll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.
It's as simple as completing these five steps, then waiting for the response from your local traffic ticket issuers office to let you know if you qualify for any sort of ticket forgiveness. That forgiveness would come through the state of California's emergency $300 million funds to help those with lower incomes get their tickets cleared from their name.
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