Q: I’m charged with no proof of insurance, acquiring license plate for purpose of concealing information, and no plate.
This was truly a misunderstanding. I had just purchased the vehicle privately one day prior. I drove it to work the following day with intentions of going to the tag office on my break. I put my jeep tag on it that I had just gotten rid of because I was under the impression that I could switch tags and I was also under the impression I had 7 days in GA to get insurance. Anyways, I was extremely respectful to the officer. I had my vehicle towed and was cited with the three tickets. I attained insurance immediately following (that night), got it tagged and titled first thing the following morning and proceeded to pay to get it out of the tow yard. I do not have a lawyer and go to state court tomorrow because recorders court bounded it over. They told me they had no authority to dismiss or reduce those charges and that if I plead guilty, they’d have to take my license. Will the judge be likely to go easy on me since I did everything right immediately following and I truly didn’t know?
A: Will the judge be lenient because you corrected the violations immediately? Possibly. Remember, "ignorance of the law is not a defense." Dress properly, speak politely and respectfully and explain your situation to the Judge, you will most likely be treated better if you are polite and respectful than if you are whining and complaining.
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