My question involves traffic court in the State of: Arkansas
The whole story here - I purchased a new truck on a Sunday. I wasn't thinking before making the trip to get the truck, and as such, had not arranged to get it insured yet. Since it was impossible to insure on a Sunday, but I had to get back home (5+ hours away) for school and work, I took a chance and drove it home. On the way home, I pulled over for gas, and about a minute later, a cop pulled up behind me and issued me a ticket for no proof of insurance. I have no idea what her original reasoning was for pulling me over, but I suppose that doesn't really matter.
I am guilty of not having insurance on the truck on the date of the ticket. This was simply due to a lack of forethought on my part. I did secure insurance the following day, so it's not as if I was avoiding getting insured.
My question is this: If I go to court, will I likely have my fine reduced for showing that I secured insurance on the day following the ticket? Will I be able to explain my side at all, or will I simply be given the option to say Guilty or Not Guilty (Never been to traffic court before)
Any advice you can give me is very much appreciated. Court is tomorrow (Just found this helpful site) so I'm looking for quick answers. The court appearance is about 3 hours away, so I'm trying to decide whether or not it's worth it to spend $60 in gas only to possibly have to pay the full ticket ($350) anyway.
Thanks in advance.