Unregistered Vehicle, and Uninsured Vehicle Ticket, on a newly purchased vehicle, no prior tickets or record of any kind previou
I don't expect anyone to know for what the outcome of my court date will be, but what is the likely outcome?
3 attorney answers
It sounds like you have been charged with driving an unregistered vehicle in violation of VTL 401-1a which is punishable by a fine between $0.00 and $300.00, up to 15 days in jail, 0 points and a $80.00 surcharge. It also sounds like you have been charged with operating or permitting operating without insurance in violation of VTL 319-1 which is punishable by a fine between $150 and $1,500.00, up to 15 days in jail, 0 points and an $80.00 surcharge. If you are found guilty of driving without insurance, the DMV will automatically revoke your driver's license for at least one year. The DMV will also assess you a $750.00 civil penalty which would have to be paid before getting your driver's license back. If you explain, you will probably be found guilty because it does not matter that you were only moving a non-retail vehicle 400 feet. I do not practice in NYC but suggest that you speak with traffic ticket attorney who does practice in NYC to discuss your options.
In NYC, there are no plea bargains or deals. Therefore, your case will have to go to "trial" where you will either win or lose. Because the two tickets are "paper" tickets and because you apparently do not have the documentary proof needed, you are likely to lose.
A conviction to no insurance ticket is very bad. It carries a hefty series of fines and will result in your driver's license being revoked for 1 year.
With that said, there may be some help but I would need more information.
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Matthew Weiss, Esq.
The outcome of your case depends largely on whether you were given criminal court summonses (pink tickets) or traffic summonses (yellow tickets). You are facing large fines, license suspension or revocation and, possibly, misdemeanor charges. If this is a Bronx matter, yellow tickets will be heard in Traffic Violations Bureau. There is no plea bargaining in TVB. Pink tickets will be heard in Bronx Criminal Court, and may result in a criminal record. There are many lawyers on Avvo, including me, who will schedule a free consultation to fully discuss your case. I think you should speak with a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
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