What to do if my licensewas suspended for 2 years because I defaulted on agreement but through no fault of my own?

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What to do if my licensewas suspended for 2 years because I defaulted on agreement but through no fault of my own?

I was involved in a car accident but I didn’t know the car I was driving was not insured. I was to blame and agreed to pay for damages in a monthly installments. However I lost my job and have been unemployed for the last 6 months. My job was displaced because of education budget cuts. I made over 60% of the payments and owe $850 out of $2100 in damages. I, in good faith, made this agreement and fully intend to pay out my debts. However, now they want to suspend my license for 2 years. This would greatly impede my chances of seeking and maintain employment. What can I do?

Asked on January 17, 2011 under Accident Law, Louisiana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I have some questions here.  Were you sued and did you settle the matter in Court?  Is that the agreement that you came to?  This economy has hit everyone hard and the courts are aware of the problems facing the masses.  What you may need to do is to go back to court to make a motion to modify the agreement due to extreme circumstances - that you lost your job.  Ask the court to either extend the payments out in time for a smaller amount or to suspend your obligation to pay until such time as you have a new job. Ask them to enjoin the creditor from suspending your license (which by the way only the court or issuing agency can do).  Explain that taking your license will impeded your ability to pay the debt in full ever.  This may be your only shot.  Good luck. 


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