NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tens of thousands of Tennesseans are eligible to get their licenses back following a federal ruling last week that found a state regulation to be unconstitutional.
Under the law, the state Department of Safety could revoke a person's license simply because they didn't pay court fees. A federal judge found the provision to be discriminatory against lower income citizens.
Attorney Kevin Teets who represents a number of clients in Nashville with revoked licenses calls the ruling a major victory. He says often those who have their licenses revoked because they can't pay court costs often then end up in a downward spiral where they are unable to get to work and therefore unable to pay back the court fees.
"If you're broke, you're broke. What the court has made clear is that we should not have two systems of justice, one that treats those who are privileged with means different than those the one that holds those back because they are in poverty," he said.