Rodney Gould wins San Francisco DMV Appeal

Rodney Gould wins San Francisco DMV Appeal

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco just overturned a DMV suspension for one of Mr. Gould’s motorist clients. In Miller v. Department of Motor Vehicles (May 2, 2018; A147050), a unanimous appellate panel agreed with Mr. Gould that the motorist’s arrest was illegal and that therefore, so was the suspension of his license.

In the wee hours of the morning of  July 31, 2014, CHP Officer Christopher … Read More

California Traffic Tickets Won’t Suspend Licenses

California Traffic Tickets Won’t Suspend Licenses

Traffic tickets will no trigger a license suspension if unpaid, according to a new California law.  Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday ending the practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of motorists with unpaid traffic fines. Suspensions have not helped collection efforts in the state, and Governor Brown said they can actually send low-income people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.

Senate Bill 185 was sponsored by … Read More

Amnesty Coming for California Traffic Tickets

Amnesty Coming for California Traffic Tickets

Much has been written (and here and here) about the amnesty bill kicking around the California Legislature that would reduce the amount California motorist have to pay to reinstate their driver’s licenses following an unpaid traffic ticket. Apparently the amnesty provisions have been incorporated into the budget bill that Governor Brown is expected to sign in the coming days. If passed, it will go into effect October 1, 2015.… Read More

Child Support Suspensions Challenged

Child Support Suspensions Challenged

Child support suspensions of New Jersey driver’s licenses were challenged last Friday by a class action lawsuit filed in the New Jersey Superior Court. The suit challenges the practice of imposing child support suspensions of driver’s licenses on parents behind on support payments, claiming the automatic suspensions are unconstitutional and contrary to the “clearly expressed legislative intent.”

“New Jersey is the only state in the country that suspends license in … Read More