my boyfriend is an international student. He has to go to the traffic court because he was caught while driving a car that has expired vehicle registration and no insurance. and the car is his friend's car? what will happen with him?
If his friend now has a valid vehicle registration and proof of insurance, he should take those documents to Court with him. With these types of charges, Courts are more concerned with making sure everything is now up to date than anything else. Generally, cases such as this result in fines and court costs. You would be well served speaking with a lawyer that handles traffic tickets in your area.
What ever the outcome make certain your attorney is aware that he is not a U.S. citizen but he is here on a student visa. Although a conviction in this case is a misdemeanor (at least in Illinois, check Florida law), it may have an effect, not on his current visa status, but on any future applications for a green card or U.S. citizenship.
If he is convicted he will have to report the conviction on any applications to the USCIS (United States Customs and Immigration Service). If he gets supervision and satisfies the requirements of the supervision without further offenses being committed then there is no "conviction" as far as immigration is concerned. However, a suspended sentence or probation is a conviction although there is no "sentence" he has to serve. If the prosecutor moves nolle prosequi or nol pross, that is neither a conviction nor an acquittal. It simply means the prosecutor does not want to prosecute (for many reasons). A Nol Pross must be reported to the USCIS because it is entered into the court record.
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