Driver's License Suspensions
The Court will request that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) suspend your driving privileges for the following reasons:
- Failure to appear for arraignment. If you fail to appear for arraignment, you will be found guilty be default and given at least 30 days to make payment arrangements. If you fail to make payment arrangements, your license will be suspended.
- Failure to appear for a traffic hearing or bench trial. If you fail to appear at a bench trial, you will be found guilty by default and given at least 30 days to make payment arrangements. If you fail to make payment arrangements, your license will be suspended.
- Failure to pay fines and fees. Failure to make monthly payments on your fines may result in a suspension.
Due to recent court rulings and interpretation by the DMV, Judge Phillips has changed court procedures making the only option available for getting your license reinstated following a suspension for failure to pay is to pay your balance in full.
If your driving privileges are suspended for failure to pay your fines and you fail to take action to get it reinstated within 90 days of the suspension, your account will be referred to a collection agency. Once sent to a collection agency, your only option for reinstatement is to pay the balance in full with the collection agency.