Supreme Court Ruling could be a Turning Point for excessive fines and fees in Chicago

This could be good news for Chicagoans who are facing exorbitant ticketing in their neighborhoods which, if unpaid, can result in the seizure or their vehicle or drivers license and thousands of dollars in late fees.

The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

Ultimately, the supreme court decision to incorporate the Eighth Amendment means that citizens are guaranteed those protections at the federal, state, and local levels.