Re: Penalty for Driving with an Expired License
Nope... that is about right... and I live in Georgia.
What people don't understand is that driving without a license carries fines equivalent to the fines levied on DUI.
However, since your license was expired but not suspended or revoked, having a valid license should shake some compassion out of the judge.
You may also be allowed to create a payment plan of the fine.
Go into court like you are going into the most important job interview of your life. Bring with you the ticket, of course, but also a copy of your student transcript that shows you are a poor but honest student.
You probably won't have to show it... but you want it if the judge asks.
Go to court a couple of times before your date... and see if you can watch your judge in action. Judges are people... and all have the things that make them happy and sad. Learn what makes your judge tick.
Then, go to court. Where appropriate business clothing - suit and tie for men, nice business suit for women - do not smoke the day of court or drink within 48 hours of court. Get a haircut.... if a woman, wear understated and appropriate make up.
Treat the court with the respect you wish it to give you. Practice what you want to say in front of a mirror ... and realize you are going to get about 3 minutes to state your case.
Never plead guilty... but, instead, ask the court for leniency.
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
- Mark Twain