According to a report released this week by the Legal Aid Justice Center, millions have seen their licenses suspended as a penalty for being unable to pay court costs and fines.
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WTOP (Washington, D.C.)
September 26, 2017
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Tags: Debtors Prison, Driver's license suspension
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Justice Center (Virginia)
Across five states, including Virginia, more than 4 million drivers have seen their licenses suspended over unpaid court debt, the group said. In Virginia alone, the number is nearly a million.
Other states reviewed in the group’s study were Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan.
“A wealthier driver can go through court, write a check and be back on the road,” said Mario Salas, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center. “A low-income driver might have a really hard time paying off those court costs and fines.”