I went to court and plead no contest to the suspended license and stop sign ticket. All-in-all everything cost me slightly over 1,000$ but with a month on probation,( strictly just as a payment plan method), I paid my debt in full and my case was done. Fast forward two months same thing happened again. It's an out of state license so it's difficult to fix the issue with working a full time job and tending to everyday problems. New Jersey dmv suspended my license because my insurance on my car expired and I never handed in my plates so it's a rather easy fix just one that requires me to take off work which is not an option. If I invest in a very "competent"$$ lawyer is there anyway I can avoid jail time and just pay a very large fine. Anytime even close to 10 days would make it so I lose my
Job and that I can not do. What is my best course of action?
Get your license reinstated and get a valid license in Georgia. Hire a lawyer to get the case continued until you get that accomplished. Many prosecutors will reduce or dismiss this charge once you appear with a valid license. But you are right, jail time often times comes with this charge after you've already had one.
You will definitely want to hire an attorney to assist you. If you plea to this charge, or are found guilty, there will be jail time and a further suspension of your license. An attorney can work to put the case off while you reinstate your license in NJ, but you will have to do some work as well to deal with NJ, register your car in Georgia and obtain a Georgia license. It is well worth taking the time off work to get this fixed.
You will also want to get on top of this right away. If you wait until just before you go to court this will be more difficult, and possibly more expensive for you. Please be aware that if you are still driving, you are at risk for yet another ticket which has even more severe consequences.
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