Metroplex Veterans Legal Services is conducting a Veterans Traffic Ticket legal clinic on Friday, May 20 at 11 a.m. The goal of this clinic is to reinstate the Veterans driver’s licenses by providing free legal counsel and advice for outstanding traffic tickets, warrants from tickets, and driver's license issues caused by tickets. These unpaid traffic tickets can lead to suspended driver's licenses, which can lead to barriers for these Veterans to obtain employment.

“The unmet legal needs of Veterans are one of the root causes of homelessness,” said Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Working with partners in law schools and the legal community, we can improve the lives of these vulnerable Veterans.”

The pro bono clinic will be held on May 20 at 11 a.m., at the UNT Dallas College of Law. The address is 1901 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201. The Veterans must register on-line in advance of the clinic at metroplex.veteranslegalservices.us. 

Metroplex Veterans Legal Services offers single issue legal clinics to Veterans on a pro bono basis. Our legal clinics focus on removing the legal barriers to employment for Veterans, and assisting disabled Veterans to obtain military disability benefits. The goal of our clinics is to provide free legal counsel and advice to low income, unemployed, homeless, disabled, elderly, or at risk for homelessness Veterans for outstanding traffic tickets, warrants from tickets, and driver's license issues caused by tickets; child support modification; expunction of criminal arrests; and combat related special compensation. These unpaid traffic tickets, and delinquent child support can lead to suspended driver's licenses, which can lead to barriers for these Veterans to obtain employment.

The pro bono legal resources for Veterans have been very scarce prior to the commencement of our program. According to a recent Department of Veterans Affairs survey, legal issues account for four of the top ten unmet needs of homeless Veterans. The legal unmet needs are: legal counsel for the issues of foreclosure/eviction, child support, and restoring driver's licenses, and legal assistance for warrants and fines. Our legal clinics address three of these four unmet legal needs, for child support modification, restoring driver’s licenses, and legal assistance for warrants and fines.

These legal clinics have removed legal barriers to employment for numerous Veterans. To share with you an example of the self-sufficiency of our program, one of the Veterans who attended our first traffic ticket clinic was homeless and living at the Salvation Army homeless shelter at the time of the legal clinic. The Veteran received pro bono legal representation for his outstanding warrants and traffic tickets. The warrants were lifted and the traffic ticket cases were resolved and the cases closed with the Dallas County courts. Six months later the Veteran is living in an apartment, and working for a large medical facility.