A one-time amnesty program will be available on October 1, 2105 for any unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets.
All infractions will be eligible for amnesty, so long as the ticket is unpaid or related to a failure to appear violation and the initial payment due date or court date was on or before January 1, 2013. DUI offenses, parking tickets, and reckless driving are not eligible for this program, which could reduce fines by 50 to 80 percent and get offenders their licenses returned. If the individual can prove a yearly income of $14,712 or less or $30,312 for a family of four, or can prove he or she receives public assistance, then the fine will be reduced 80 percent. All others will receive the 50 percent reduction.
If the ticket occurred after January 1, 2013, the license return may still come into effect, even though the fine will not be eligible for reduction. Others who will not receive the benefit are those that owe victim restitution on any county case or have warrants out for their arrest for misdemeanor or felony violations.
Starting in October, an individual can call the courthouse in the jurisdiction where the infraction occurred and will be told whether or not they are eligible for amnesty. If eligible, there is no appearance in front of a judge required. All that is required is a $50.00 fee to the court for participation in the program and a $55.00 fee to the DMV for reinstatement of a license, which they charge in all reinstatement cases. There will be payment plan options available, as well.
The program will be offered through the end of March of 2017.