Last chance to get break on some tickets and fines

Posted at 6:57 AM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 09:57:51-04

Relief is still available to San Diegans haunted by costly mistakes in the past.

But the state's about to pull the offer for amnesty on things like some unpaid speeding tickets and fines for drinking underage. 

Miia Joi and her husband took advantage a week before the March 31 deadline. They're now breathing a sigh of relief.

"They did it today," she said. "It took like 80 percent off of everything."

It took 80 percent off a series of fines she says her husband accrued some years ago but never paid off. Her family will now save $1,500.

It's thanks to a state program to give San Diegans a big break on some unpaid traffic tickets or infractions. Not paying those fines can lead to even bigger fines and losing your license. 

"Neither of us have our license, so it helped at least one of us get it," said Joii, of National City.

San Diegans who never paid tickets that were due before 2013, or hadn't made a payment on them since September 2015 - are eligible.

The offer doesn't apply for parking tickets, DUIs, and reckless driving. People who owe restitution to a victim or have an outstanding warrant also can't participate. 

"This is an important law that was designed to allow those who have been unable to pay their fines get right with the law and clear their record," said Michael Roddy, executive officer of the Superior Court.

Everyone gets a 50 percent discount. People on public assistance get 80 percent off. But they have to act fast - The state stops accepting applications March 31.   

It's a deadline the Jois just beat.

"I'm just glad we made it on time," Joi said," and got blessed to have this situation happen for us."

To apply, visit any of the four San Diego County Traffic Courts