I received a ticket after the police responded to a small fender bender(very little to zero damage to both cars, police were only there because an undercover cop saw the accident). The ticket was for driving on an expired license. Here's the thing though:
1. I have since gotten my license renewed(a week after the ticket)
2. I was driving with an expired paper copy license because my actual hard copy never came in mail. DMV told me today that was because I never showed them my birth certificate, SS Card, proof of residency, etc. They never told me I needed that to get my hard copy, they told me my hard copy would be in the mail in 7-10 business days.
My first question is how much is the fine. My second question is can I fight this & how should I go about doing that?
Fines vary from court to court so there is no set fine. When you go to court let the prosecutor know you have your license now, and what happened with the paper license. They will probably dismiss, or reduce the charge and fine.
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As stated by the other attorney, fines vary between courts. If you were charged with expired license and you have it in good standing, typically a prosecutor will dismiss. Go to court and explain to the prosecutor what has taken place and that your license is current, which the prosecutor should know with a current driving record, and the prosecutor should dismiss. If it is not dismissed, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist. Hope that helps.
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