The 20-year-old male son of a friend of mine was recently ticketed in Louisiana for driving with an expired license (expired eight months ago). He was also charged with speeding (doing 50 in a 35 MPH zone) and reckless driving. The reckless driving was because he changed lanes without using a turn signal.
At the time he was also driving without insurance , but for whatever reason, he wasn't charged with that.
Does anyone know what the typical penalty is for driving with an expired license in Louisiana? And is this something it would make sense to retain a lawyer for, or would that be overkill? The cop told him that if he showed up in court with everything in order, some of the charges would probably be dropped. Is that typically what happens? (He's never had a ticket before or been in trouble with the law.)
I guess what I'm asking in a nutshell is, is hiring a lawyer worth it in this case?