Asked in Immigration Law and Traffic Tickets for Kansas

Q: What should do I do to avoid any circumstances for two traffic tickets in my next appearance in the court?

I'm F1 visa student who just moved to Missouri from Kansas state and I couldn't get a driver license from Kansas City, MO since my visa has expired. Anyway, when I was a resident in overland park, Kansas City, I had two tickets. The first one for "failure to avoid a collision" and the second one for "drive / operate motor vehicle without a valid driver's license" and "failure to drive in a single lane or signal a lane change". I was detained for the second one and asked to appear before the court for both of them and asked if I'm guilty or not for the first time. Anyway, I said not guilty since I don't know the circumstances. My questions are what should I say and what circumstances would I face in my next appearance if I said guilty?

1 Lawyer Answer
Maya King
Maya King
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • North Kansas City, MO
  • Licensed in Kansas

A: Generally speaking, not knowing the law is not a defense. You should seek a traffic attorney if you don't know what to say in Court. I will also seek the advice of an immigration attorney to fix your F-1 Out of Status as soon as you can. It is not a good idea to drive without a driver's license.

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