Driving with Debt: What Attorneys and Organizers Can Do to Address the Problem of Driver's License Suspensions for Court Debt

  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Central Time (US & Canada)
  • By: National Consumer Law Center
  • Other Consumer

Most states suspend driver's licenses based on unpaid debts arising out of criminal proceedings or traffic tickets, and as a result millions of low-income people have lost their licenses simply because they cannot afford to pay fines and fees. This webinar will briefly address the harsh, perverse, and discriminatory impact of such policies, and will then dive into what attorneys and local organizers can do to address this problem. We'll use efforts in North Carolina as a case study, and will hear from advocates engaged in impact litigation raising constitutional challenges to these policies and in North Carolina's Second Chance Mobility Project, which pairs a drivers' license protection and restoration legal services delivery program with community engagement and organizing.

Samuel Brooke, Southern Poverty Law Center
Daniel Bowes, North Carolina Justice Center
Dennis Gaddy, Community Success Initiative