Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple "yes" or "no". A lot depends on which Judge hears your case. There is a "no knowledge" defense possible. If convicted, it will result in a one year revocation of your license, a high fine, and a $750 civil penalty in addition to the fine. Do not take chances. Hire an attorney. I have been doing this for over twenty years and am confidant I can help.
Driving with a suspended registration is a criminal offense (misdemeanor). Therefore, you should definitely consult with (if not hire) an experienced NY traffic ticket lawyer. The no insurance ticket is also serious as it carries a 1-year automatic revocation of license (plus hefty fines). Feel free to call us to discuss.
Matthew Weiss, Esq. Weiss & Associates, PC 212-683-7373 www.nytrafficticket.com Since 1991, we make fighting traffic tickets as easy as possible.
Your dad can't help you only a lawyer can. You are facing a license suspension. Retain counsel immediately.