Soon, Maine will stop automatically suspending driver’s licenses as a penalty for failure to pay fines on most offenses unrelated to driving. This is a big deal, especially for folks with no criminal history. Why? Imagine a man, 18 years old, just a pup. No criminal history. Let’s call him Gary. He goes fishing but he does not first obtain a license. Youthful ignorance, or laziness, or defiance to authority — you choose. An eagle-eyed game warden spots him. Busted. At Gary’s court date, the judge orders a $100 fine due and payable to the State. Gary does not pay the fine. Too forgetful, or too broke, or too cocky — you choose. The State suspends Gary’s driver’s license for failing to pay the fine and sends a letter to his last-known address to notify him, but Gary just moved and has not yet updated his address with the court or the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He’s clueless about the suspension. Gary rolls through a stop sign. Blue lights. Busted. But on top of a $146 ticket for the stop sign violation, he also owes $325 for driving with a suspended license. Oh, and he has…Read More
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