My question involves criminal law for the state of: Vermont
I live in Virginia. I received a speeding ticket in Vermont in 1990 (18 years ago). I was guilty of speeding. I paid the fine ($50) on time. I just received a bill from a collection agency (with the Vermont Judicial Bureau listed as a client) for $88.43. I am assuming that my payment was lost in the mail (possibly) or lost in their system (after 18 years that seems to be a reasonable assumption). I have received no correspondence from the State of Vermont (or other).
How do I prove that I paid the fine, and paid it on time? After 18 years, I have no longer kept records of my banking statements or cancelled checks. I still live in Virginia but have a different address from 1990 (moved 2x), different bank accounts, etc. I wouldn't even begin to remember my bank account number or check number from any 1990 payments - which my bank has indicated it would need to even start to find such a needle in a haystack.
I realize that there is no SOL on such things as unpaid speeding tickets. And as far as payment is concerned, I presume it is my word against some collection system that took 18 years to identify incorrectly that a payment was missing to begin with. What legal position do I have after all this time and against the real (and highly perceived) inadequacies of this collection system/process?