This question has come up quite a bit lately – is it possible to get rid of traffic tickets by filing bankruptcy?
Unfortunately, the answer is generally no. Traffic tickets are considered a fine payable to a government or municipality, which usually makes them survive a bankruptcy filing. Generally, you will still owe on the traffic tickets after your bankruptcy is over. Many counties accept payment plans or alternative arrangements for fines and fees.
Another way to clear up older traffic tickets is through a recently enacted program in California. The program offers a discount on the fines owed for old traffic tickets. The program runs from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. In order to be eligible, the following conditions must be met:
- Traffic ticket where the amount was due and payable in full before January 1, 2009;
- The last payment was made on or before January 1, 2009;
- No restitution is owed to the victim on any case within the county where the traffic case was filed; and
- No outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within the county where the traffic case was filed.
The program allows for a 50% discount on traffic tickets. Parking tickets, DUI, and reckless driving cases are not eligible for the program.
This is just a basic overview and is not legal advice specific to your situation. If you are considering bankruptcy or are feeling overwhelmed by debt, you should speak with an attorney in your area for legal advice. To speak with me regarding your situation, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-586-6738 in the East Bay or 209-322-4651 in Tracy.