Media and the General Public

Media Coverage 2017, Media Coverage 2016 and Support for the Complaint

Stinnie v. Holcomb, our lawsuit challenging Virginia’s license-for-payment system, has generated significant coverage in newspapers in Virginia and nationally.  You can review some of the media attention generated by the case in these separate sections:  Media 2017 and Media 2016.

In addition, supportive newspaper editorials as well as amicus briefs from noteworthy sources have applauded our initiative.  All of these can be accessed in the Support for the Complaint section.

Plaintiff Stories

Read through newspaper articles and learn the personal stories of some of our plaintiffs as well as others adversely affected by driver’s license suspension policies in this part of the website.  Click here to go directly to these compelling stories. 

Legal Filings

Filed on behalf of four individually named plaintiffs, the lawsuit seeks to vindicate the rights of a class consisting of all persons whose Virginia driver’s licenses are suspended due to unpaid court debt and who, at the time of the suspension, were not able to pay due to their financial circumstances. The complaint was filed on July 6, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Click on the Legal Filings link to be taken to all the documents filed in the lawsuit: from both the plaintiffs and the defendant as well as all court opinions.

Resources – Self-Help

We have prepared a wide range of material to help drivers with suspended licenses. These materials can help those individuals at least get a better understanding of the steps they can take to attempt to restore their drivers’ licenses.

While you may not be facing a suspended license situation yourself, you may know people who might benefit from our self-help resources.  Share our simple “one-page” self help guide with them. Encourage them to dive into the longer “toolkit”. The toolkit gives more detail on each step. Key links to relevant web pages and other resources will also be found in this section.

Resources – Advocates

Attorneys, reentry professionals, journalists and members of the public may benefit from reading a range of “advocate resources” we’ve gathered. A good place to start is with our Fact Sheet where you’ll learn that most suspensions aren’t the result of being a danger behind the wheel but rather the result of a failure to pay court fines.

You can also review several working reports which will add to your knowledge on this important topic. These are from sources like the Department of Justice and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.  Recent legislative actions in Virginia are also available here for members of the press and general public who want to stay as current on the topic as some advocates and attorneys would.


The information on this site is not legal advice.  The materials available here are available as sources of information only.  

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