I was an international student in Los Angeles. I held a CA driver's license and got a DUI at the age of 19 in 1995. I didn't do the AA and traffic school for a while so my license stayed suspended for a while. In 1999, I cleared the things up with DMV so they reinstated my license. The problem is that I got pulled over in 1997 where I was ticketed for (obviously) driving with a suspended license, no insurance, no registration. I skipped court on that; had an FTA and a $5,000 bail issued by the LA Superior Court as it was stated on their website when I checked through my DL number. In 2001, I got ticketed for driving with no insurance and the cop said that he sees a FTA on my record but was convinced to let go since DMV reissuing my license didn't make sense to him if I had really had a FTA. I didn't pay that ticket and left the country in 2001.From time to time I've checked through LA Superior Court's website about the FTA and the bail required was sent over to the collection agency and after a while there was nothing on the site about this incident. I obtained a copy of my driving record from the DMV today and it reads as below:LIC/ISS:04-16-99* EXP:03-07-04*CLASS:C NON-COMMERCIAL*ENDORSEMENTS:NONE*HEALTH QUESTIONARRIE EXPIRES:NONE*LICENSE STATUS:SUSPENDED OR REVOKED*“DEPARTMENTAL ACTIONS:NONE*CONVICTONS:NONE*FAILURES TO APPEAR:NONE*ACCIDENTS:NONE*ENDMy dilemma is that I will be visiting the country and the state soon and was wondering what would happen if I rent a car with a valid international license and get pulled over. Also, is there a way to clear things up for good so that I don’t have to live with this hanging over my head?Thanks
The court database only describes court actions. What you need to determine is whether or not an FTA warrant remains open for your arrest, and that information would not appear in the court file. It would appear in the law enforcement database (NCIC). You can check for an arrest warrant with a public records database, such as this one. Note: I'm not recommending this particular service -- it's just one of many. If you have a warrant, and you are stopped by a police officer, you will be arrested. if you enter the USA at a location within California, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may discover your warrant at the border, and you could be turned over to the county sheriff deputy at the point of entry -- or, you could simply be denied entry into the USA.Your facts suggest that you paid off the FTA bail amount. So, you may have effectively satisfied the court sentence of guilt on the FTA and therefore, no warrant will exist and you will have no issues at all. But, you'll have to determine whether or not a warrant exists, before you can decide whether or not to hire a California lawyer to try to deal with the matter in court, before you try to enter the USA again.Hope this helps. NOTICE: My goal here is to entertain while educating the public about the law. I hope my answer is useful and informative to you. During our conversation, the website may ask you to rate my answer. If you rate my answer lower than the middle rating, then the website retains your entire payment, and I receive nothing. It is entirely your choice as to how you rate my answer. However, because your payment to me is in the nature of a donation/gift, rather than as compensation for any services rendered, you are entitled to know how your rating affects the final distribution of your donation. If you need to contact me again, please put my user id at the beginning of your question ("To Socrateaser"), and the system will send me an alert. Please Click the following link for IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION. Thanks and best wishes!
Thank you for the prompt response.
I did the background check and even paid for an extensive one just to make sure, but nothing comes up; it's all clean. I did enter the US through California customs twice in the last four years and nothing came up. The thing is that I never did pay that bail amount but DMV doesn't show it, the court database doesn't have it and the background check came up clean. Should I still be worried about this or is there an absolute source aside from actually going to the courthouse and checking the record? If that is the only case, can that be done by someone aside from me?
You may be the luckiest person alive.The only absolute source of the warrant would be the court file. Either the court issued a warrant or it didn't. You can contact the criminal/traffic court clerk in the LA County Superior Court, and ask to have a copy of the entire file sent to you. You would have to send a stamped envelope for the amount of postage necessary, and a check for the cost of copying. Or, you can hire someone to visit the court and get a copy of the file and then mail it to you. I don't know any services that will do this for non-attorneys. Hopefully, you have a friend that can do it for you.socrateaser41114.2998903935
Thanks very much for the answer. I will have a friend look into it for sure. Just have one last question if you don't mind: Would they be able to pull up the file with just my DL number and SSN because I don't have any citation number or anything like that from 15 years ago?
Name and DL number (SSN is unnecessary).
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