50% off Traffic Amnesty Program begins January 2012

According to a press release from the Judiacial Council of California, dated Dec. 28, 2011:
The California Legislature mandated (Assembly Bill 1358) that all 58 counties implement a one-time amnesty period that allows a lump sum payment of 50 percent of the outstanding balance on certain violations to fully satisfy that court ordered obligation. This program begins January 1, 2012, and ends June 30, 2012.

To be eligible drivers must have outstanding traffic tickets that were due to be paid in full before January 1, 2009. Drivers must also meet all the following criteria:

  • have either failed to appear in court or failed to pay in full
  • the last date a payment was made was on or before January 1, 2009
  • don’t owe restitution to a victim on any case in the county where the traffic case was filed
  • have no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants in the county where the traffic case was filed
  • Other eligibility requirements may vary from county to county.

Parking tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), and reckless driving cases are NOT eligible.

To participate contact your local superior court: www.courts.ca.gov/find-my-court.htm

Payment may be made in whatever form is customary in your county, which may include credit card, cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, and personal checks.

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