I lived in Nashville Tn in the early 90s. My liscense was suspended due to unpaid tickets and tag violations. I moved to Topeka KS and unfortunately did not take care of the unpaid fines so therefore my liscense was suspended. I believe it was in 1996. I have since had many medical problems and surgeries that would not allow me to drive. I am now better and able to drive and want to reinstate my liscense in Kansas but cannot travel to Nashville. Should I contact an attorney in Nashville to see what would be the best plan of action to resolve my situation?
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Because these are unpaid citations and are so old, it will be difficult to do anything about them other than paying them. An attorney will not be able to do anything regarding the citations, so you would be paying additional money to an attorney to pay citations and interest. Thus, you would do best contacting the courts where these citations were due and you can make payment to the clerk and get a release from them as the fines are paid off. Once you have paid all of the fines off and you have all of the releases, you send them to the TN DMV who will have to release the hold on your license and then you can obtain your license in KS.
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I called and it is a fairly substantial fine. Do they ever consider a payment arrangement? Not a payment plan, but some sort of a deduction with full payment?
While they may allow a payment plan, generally they will not reduce the amount due. Some clerks of court have the authority to reduce the fine by removing late fees if the defendant is able to pay the fine in full and others do not have the authority and it depends on the county/city and the authority granted them by the particular judges. If you are capable of making lump sum payment of all of the fines, then you could make a motion to the judge for reduction of fines (they rarely do it but it has been done in some circumstances and depends on the attorney you use at that point and their professional relationship with the court and judge).
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Thank you very much for your help. I greatly apprreciate it.
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