DMV barred from suspending licenses for failure to pay fines

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has granted an injunction to stop Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles from enforcing a law requiring automatic license suspensions for failure to pay court fines.

U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ordered DMV Commissioner Rick Holcomb to remove suspensions on three plaintiffs’ licenses and $145 penalties to reinstate their driving privileges.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the ruling came Friday, three days after Gov. Ralph Northam criticized the agency’s enforcement policy.

Angel Ciolfi is director of the Legal Aid Justice Center, which joined a law firm in contesting the matter. She described the ruling as a “victory for the Constitution and for common sense.”

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Attorney General Mark Herring’s spokesman says the office will “take the time needed to consider the judge’s opinion” before deciding how to proceed.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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