Apr 24, 2017

Traffic Infraction Amnesty Program

Purpose of Amnesty Program

The purpose of the one-time Amnesty Program is to provide relief to individuals who have found themselves in violation of a court-ordered obligation because they have been unable to pay the infraction bail or fine amount due and who may have had their driving privileges suspended pursuant to VC 13365.

Eligibility

All adult and juvenile Vehicle and non-Vehicle Code infraction violations where bail or a fine was due on or before January 1, 2013, are eligible for the Infraction Amnesty Program. Under Vehicle Code section 42008.8, the terms “bail” and “fine” refer to the total bail amount or fine balance due in connection with a specific Vehicle Code or non−Vehicle Code infraction.


Beginning October 1, 2015, you may qualify to have your old, unpaid traffic fines reduced by 50% or 80% if you meet the following requirements:

  1. The violation is an infraction filed with the court.
  2. The initial due date for payment of the bail or fine was on or before January 1, 2013.
    1. A failure-to-appear case is eligible for amnesty if the case is currently on failure-to-appear status and the appearance date was on or before January 1, 2013.
    2. A failure-to-pay case is eligible for amnesty if the fine due date was on or before January 1, 2013, and the last payment made on an installment plan or accounts receivable was on or before September 30, 2015.
  3. The defendant does not owe restitution to a victim on any case within Sonoma County.
  4. The defendant has no outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants within Sonoma County.

A defendant is not required to apply for Amnesty, but it must be requested, and both the case and participant must meet the eligibility requirements stated above. In addition, the requestor will be required to fill out and submit a Participation Form at the time of the request/payment. If it is later determined the participant is ineligible for Amnesty, they will be notified in writing of ineligibility and the due date for the remaining balance, which may be subject to further collection activity.


PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY A $50 FEE FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE TRAFFIC AMNESTY PROGRAM.

Driver’s License Reinstatement and Issuance

Concurrent with the amnesty program, and only between October 1, 2015, and March 31, 2017, the amnesty program may provide relief to individuals who have found themselves in violation of court-ordered obligation stemming from traffic and non-traffic infractions that have resulted in driving privilege restrictions. The $50 Amnesty Program fee applies. Contact the court to determine your eligibility.

Payments

Payment can be made by cash, money order, cashier’s checks and credit card. Payments can be made in person or by mail (after determination of the amount owed, and depending on eligibility), as long as a signed participation form accompanies the payment. Please call 707-521-6659 to determine eligibility and amount to remit along with your signed participation agreement form. Unfortunately payments cannot be made via the Web/IVR due to the affidavit requirement.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to FAQ’s and more information, please click on the following links:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/trafficamnesty.htm

https://youtu.be/fF04lBgMPSs (Youtube.com)

Please contact Sonoma County Superior Court by calling (707) 521-6659 or by visiting the Collections Department at the Sonoma County Hall of Justice, 600 Administration Drive. #106J, AFTER October 1, 2015 for further details.

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