Suit challenges driver's license suspension for unpaid fees

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Published: Sep. 13, 2018 at 6:23 PM EDT
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An amended class-action lawsuit has been filed seeking to end Virginia's enforcement of its law suspending driver's licenses for people with unpaid criminal or traffic court debt.

News outlets report the Legal Aid Justice Center filed the complaint Tuesday in federal court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the suit to the lower court in a May ruling to allow the plaintiffs to revise it after it had been dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.

The center says nearly 1 million Virginians have suspended licenses for unpaid fines. It claims Virginia's law is unconstitutional because it violates due process.

Angela Ciolfi, the nonprofit's litigation and advocacy director, says in a statement Virginia's practice unfairly punishes poor people.

State attorney general's office spokesman Michael Kelly says any response will be made in court.