While your past criminal activities may seem to be in the past, often they come back to haunt you. One of those times comes when you must work with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV for short, charges surcharges for past and pending convictions. Understanding those surcharges help tremendously in limiting the amount you pay and receiving helpful legal assistance to limit your charges and keep yourself from dealing with too much stress. It’s understandable you feel your past works unfairly against your present, but fighting the system alone does not work.
First, understanding the different surcharges and why they exist carries great importance. If you do not understand the ins and outs, you cannot do anything to avoid them. Once you understand them through your work with a Defense Lawyer, you understand options remain.
DMV Surcharges for Past and Pending Convictions
Understanding The Charges
Before we move into specific charges, here is some must know information regarding them. The charges are in addition to fines and penalties leveled against you, not instead of. Additionally, regardless of insurance, registration, or other factors, the DMV surcharges will not disappear. The DMV surcharges do not vary based on such factors but instead, take into factor your past criminal history.
Understanding these factors remains key in approaching surcharges charged to you for whatever reasons you’ve received them.
Alcohol & Drug Charges
Next, breaking down the surcharges to how they relate to specific criminal charges helps to understand what you face. Alcohol and Drug Charges are always subject to surcharges, with the only out existing if enough time passed since such charges.
In-State DUI (driving under the influence) charges on or after February 10, 1983, will bring further surcharges.
Out-of-state DUI on or after January 26, 1984, will carry further surcharges as well.
Finally, refusal to submit chemical tests on or after January 26, 1984, will bring about additional surcharges.
Now, as for what the surcharges are, they vary based on how many times you violated the law. For example, for your first or second offense, the surcharge will be $1,000 a year for three years. If you suffer another violation within three years of your first and second violations, you face a surcharge of $1,500 for three years. Each subsequent violation carries that same charge.
However, in the case of both drunk driving and refusal, only one surcharge will be leveled.
Point violations also go hand in hand with DMV surcharges. DMV surcharges work with point violations in the following way. First of all, DMV surcharges cover points built up on or after February 10, 1983. Next, if you accrue six+ points within a three-year stand, a $100 charge for the first six points and $25 for each additional point may be charged against you. It is essential to understand that these charges depend on the posting date to your driving record, not the dates of the violations.
Other Possible DMV Surcharges
However, those are not the only possible DMV surcharges one must worry about. The DMV looks to gain surcharges for various offenses, as they take driving quite seriously. With that in mind, further DMV surcharges exist to ensure that drivers are held accountable for current and past actions.
The following surcharges cover offenses on or after March 19, 1984, and are held against you for three years, once a year.
One such surcharge you possibly face is the unlicensed driver surcharge. This DMV surcharge brings a penalty of $100. This surcharge makes certain that no drivers on the roads do not own proper licensing for their vehicles.
Next, the DMV surcharge of $100 for riding an uninsured Moped. The charges equal because the activities bring about the same impact to the DMV.
A large surcharge is the driving while suspended, court or MVC reported DMV surcharge. This one comes with a $250 penalty, as the DMV takes it more seriously.
Finally, another $250 surcharge. This DMV surcharge is for having no liability on your motor vehicle, thus putting yourself and others in difficult situations.
Courts must also charge a $3,000 fine also in the case of one driving a suspended vehicle. One must pay their fines before getting back on the roads, or the DMV takes their actions as extremely serious slights against them and the fining system.
How To Pay DMV Surcharges And Failure To Pay DMV Surcharges
Finally, when it comes time to pay your DMV surcharges, all you must do is go in in person or mail your charges in. The DMV works to make the process as convenient as they can, while still understanding the money must come in.
Should you fail to pay your fines, however, the penalties become more severe. Licenses are up for suspension, further charges are put on the table, and you put yourself at the mercy of the fining system and the DMV. Paying your charges in a timely fashion is key in these cases.