San Francisco lifts 88,000 driver’s license suspensions

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Neighborhood in San Francisco with the Bay Bridge int the background
Bay Area Legal Aid is proud of our work as part of a coalition including the Financial Justice Project of the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, to bring about reforms in policies and practices in San Francisco …

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Our Impact: Strategic Litigation and Policy Advocacy

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Clearinghouse Community: Reforming Driver's License Suspension in California
Reforming Traffic Court Fines, Fees, and Driver’s License Suspensions in California Advocates around the country are grappling with injustices in traffic court systems: minor traffic offenses or nonviolent infractions often carry increasingly high fines and fees; people who cannot afford to pay are faced with even greater fines for nonpayment, loss of a driver’s license, …

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Open Letter: DMV responsibilities under AB103

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Download this letter [pdf] Brian P. Kelly Secretary, California State Transportation Agency 915 Capitol Mall, Suite 350B Sacramento, CA, 95814 Brian.kelly@calsta.ca.gov Jean Shiomoto Director, Department of Motor Vehicles 2415 1st Ave., Mail Station F101 Sacramento, CA 95818-2606 Jean.shiomoto@dmv.ca.gov Re: DMV responsibilities under AB103, and Hernandez v. DMV Dear Secretary Kelly and Director Shiomoto, I write …

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CA court agrees to fair treatment of low-income drivers

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Landmark Lawsuit Settled, Paves Way for Fair Treatment of Low-Income California Drivers Solano County adopts model policies that lessen the burden of traffic fines and fees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A settlement was reached today in the first lawsuit in California to challenge the suspension of driver’s licenses as a means of collecting unpaid traffic fines. The …

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Low-Income California Drivers Win Right to Have Their Day in Court

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A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. After months of litigation, the court rejected the defendant’s attempt to dismiss the case. The court ruled that plaintiffs can continue challenging the DMV’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses …

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Low-Income Drivers Sue California DMV for Illegally Suspending Licenses

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UPDATE: Low-Income California Drivers Win Right to Have Their Day in Court October 25, 2016 – A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this morning for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. The suit was brought on behalf of drivers who have had their driver’s …

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