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ACLU Sues State Over Felon's License

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida is suing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to stop automatic driver's license suspensions when criminals can't pay court costs and fines.

The suit was filed on Wednesday on behalf of Reginald Foster of Broward County. The ACLU claims Foster's rights were violated when the five-time felon wasn't allowed to challenge his license suspension.

The ACLU says the state has suspended more than 211,000 licenses for not paying court costs and fees.

A department spokeswoman said it is simply following state law and it will seek to dismiss the lawsuit.

The ACLU says that Foster can't pay the $5,450.69 he owes because he only earns $1,200 a month and can't find a better paying job because he can't drive.


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