Can a court or 3rd party collection agency call and ask for money for a citation for open container and failure to appear from 28 years ago?

Asked on July 31, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, California

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I see nothing improper under the laws for a court representative or a collection agency to call and ask for money concerning a fine arising from an open container unit and a failure to appear more than twenty-eight (28) years ago.

The problem I see as to being able to collect the fine is that it might be time barred from collection under the laws of your state if it was not renewed after a period of ten (10) years.


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