I was driving my vehicle and a cop pulled me over saying that on my third light the left side was not working but the two main brake lights were working fine then issued me a ticket for no insurance but when I had purchased the vehicle I was never informed that I needed insurance for my vehicle.
It is the law in the State of Washington that you have to have insurance if you drive. If you drive in Washington, you are presumed to know the traffic laws. If you get insurance and show it to the judge he or she will probably reduce the fine.
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"I was never informed that I needed insurance for my vehicle." Were you ever informed that you may not kill another person, rob that person, steal from that person, or do a thousand other crimes against that person? If you commit any crime against that person, do you think "I was never informed" will get you out of being convicted?
The laws are published. That is the information.
You presumably have a valid driver's license. To get that license, you supposedly studied the laws and passed the written exam. Almost certainly, among the questions for the written exam is one about mandatory insurance to operate a vehicle in WA.
The law presumes that the person will learn all the laws and regulations the person needs to know to do lawfully whatever the person is planning to do.
The good news for you is that, if you promptly fix the light and obtain the insurance, the court will greatly reduce the fines for you when you show the court the receipts to confirm that you have fixed the problems. The court may even just dismiss the tickets.
If you want to fight the tickets, you can hire an attorney who will look for a procedural error done by the citing officer, the prosecutor, or the court to have the infractions dismissed. All those state actors must do things in specific ways for the court to have a legal basis to issue a finding against you.
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