Driver’s License Suspensions: Targeting Those With Financial Struggles
The loss of one's driving privileges can present a considerable obstacle in daily life. While you once had reliable transportation for work and appointments, you must now rely on friends or public transport. Moreover, the loss of your driver's license can additionally result in showing up late to work, and thus decrease your employability. Unfortunately, driver’s license suspension or revocation does not always occur only because of poor driving habits. If you find yourself in financial hardship, licensure loss may follow.
What Actions Result in Suspension?
Driving under the influence is one recognizable behavior likely to result in a suspension of driving privileges. However, a there is a surprising list of other actions that result in a loss of driving rights but are not road-related.
Your privileges may be temporarily withdrawn the Illinois Secretary of State with any of the following behaviors:
- Failure to Appear: Unpaid traffic violation citation;
- Parking Suspensions: Ten or more parking citations go unsatisfied;
- Automated Traffic Fines Suspension: Nonpayment of five or more computerized tickets;
- Deadbeats Don’t Drive: Failure to pay court-ordered child support; and
- Tollway Violations: Five or more unpaid toll violations.
What if You Do Not Have the Money?
While the nation’s wealthier population may be able to easily whip out a checkbook and pay the requested fine, much of the country is unable to do so. People in this group have less expendable income, often survive living paycheck-to-paycheck, and have little or no savings. With families to support, paying a lump sum or even installment payments may not be feasible. The financial resources just are not available. Attempting to set up a payment arrangement with the court can alleviate the financial burden temporarily; however, failure to pay will ultimately result in suspension.
How is a Stop Different?
When it comes to court-imposed fines, your driving privileges will remain intact until our license expires, even with a failure to pay. However, a mandatory Failure to Pay Fines Stop prevents the licensee from applying for a new credential or renewing an existing license until the fee is satisfied. Since it is not a suspension, there is no suspension fee. If your expiration date is nearing and you have unpaid court fees, you will be unable to drive until payment is complete.
Avoid the Vicious Cycle
A suspended driver’s license often correlates with job loss and missed employment opportunities. Moreover, not having private transportation removes reliability of your employment and puts your job at risk. If you lose your job, finding a new one without a license can be tricky. Avoid the situation of losing your driver's license unfairly by discussing your case with a DuPage County, IL driver’s license defense lawyer. Call Davi Law Group, LLC today at 630-580-6373 to have your voice heard.