Federal Court Expected to Hold Hearing in Lawsuit Against Virginia DMV
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A hearing is set in federal court next week in the battle over whether it's unconstitutional for the commonwealth to suspend somebody's driver's license.
Damian Stinnie and others are suing the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles saying a statute dealing with unpaid court costs and fines is unfair to poor people.
Stinnie lost his license several years ago following some minor traffic violations. At the time, he had lost his job and was not able to pay the court fines.
In July 2016, Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs as a systemic solution to a problem that plagues hundreds of thousands of Virginians.
Attorneys for the state are, again, asking for the case to be thrown out.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs are asking for a judge to rule on the entire case before it goes to trial later this year.
The hearing is set for June 19.