DOJ: Virginia driver’s license suspension law is unconstitutional

The U.S. Department of Justice is siding with a lawsuit challenging Virginia's practice of suspending the driver's licenses of people who can't pay court costs and fines.
News Story (Virginia)

Associated Press (AP)
November 14, 2016

Tags: Driver's license suspension

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)


Earlier in 2016, a report from the Legal Aid Justice Center found that one in six Virginia drivers were stripped of their licenses due to not paying court costs and fines.

The Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed with WHSV at the time that this accounted for around 914,000 drivers in the Commonwealth.

Soon afterward, the Legal Aid Justice Center filed a class action lawsuit against the Virginia DMV and its commissioner, Richard Holocomb, alleging that the DMV is acting unconstitutionally, specifically by unfairly targeting indigent individuals who live at or below the federal poverty limit and cannot afford to pay fines and court fees.