For the past few weeks I've been stressing out about having to go to traffic court for not having had my car insurance card with me when pulled over. I have never had to go to court of any type before and was honestly scared out of my mind of being put in front of a judge and all that. I mean, it was one of those things where I was really freaked out and just trying to function without people noticing me being out of whack. I went in, dressed in nice slacks, a very good collared shirt, tie, dress shoes, just hoping that the police and the judge and other people there don't think that I'm not taking the situation seriously...
As it turns out I just had to show my insurance card to the clerk at the front desk, they did some paperwork, and I was good to go without anything against my record.
Wow I feel stupid now.
My understanding is that it's not actually illegal to drive without proof of insurance on you. It's just your responsibility to prove that you do, in fact, have insurance if pulled over.
yeah I've gotten a ticket for not having insurance too. It's like $250 fine if you don't have it. Forgetting to carry it with you is such a common mistake that it'd kinda be a waste of the judges time for him to hear every excuse as to why the individual didn't have their insurance on them that day, especially once it's become apparent that they actually have insurance
Wait till you get Jury duty, now that's a boring way to spend an indefinite amount of time in a non air conditioned waiting room..
I got lucky and our prosecutor called rubbish witnesses, case abandoned quickly, if it had been a tax fraud or something I might have been there for months.
And I wouldn't have found out until 5:30pm the day before..
Jury duty is a giant pain in the tits over here..
Edit: if your licence got nabbed, you probably aren't ever getting hauled in for jury duty., Swings and Roundabouts.
Last edited by Flake; July 21st, 2009 at 12:03 AM.
Kept the licence, and I'm fine with Jury duty: civic responsibility and all that.
My jury duty experience sucked. It was years ago when I was like 13 so it was technically teen court and I had to do it as part of my punishment when I got arrested, along with 60 community service hours (long story). Anyway there was like jurys 1-6, one would hear a case, then the next one would go etc. I was on jury 4, and yes it took the whole damn night, especially since these 2 girls in my row just HAD to fucking talk and giggle all the time, which pissed off the judge and got our row moved back to row 6. I got there at 6PM and left at 11PM, it was so late that the judge just told everyone to go home, they never even got to our jury
Man I have ADHD too bad to sit there in that uncomfortable court room for hours, I would rather give myself a paper cut across my pee hole than do that again
You would have gotten the same result in CA, though you might have had to pay a $10 dismissal fee. Drivers license not on you, license plate violations, equipment needing repairs (including illegal window tinting) all can also be cleared up by fixing the problem and bringing in the correct paperwork to show the judge (at least in CA).
I work regularly as a traffic court judge pro tem and when I can see that somebody can fix their problem by just showing me a paper that they forgot to bring, I will grant a thirty day continuance and tell them to bring in their paperwork the next time.
Judges and clerks drive too, and they are usually as human as the next person. They just need to see concrete evidence that everything is hunky dory. Always take your paperwork in with you and fix what can be fixed.
When it was my turn to be prosecuted, I took the blame for everything (since it was my idea) and it turned out that the jury and even the girl prosecuting me wanted to go easy on me and give me a reduced sentence. My friend Beren on the other hand, laughed while on trial. That didn't go over so well haha
I don't know about most states but in Georgia they can actually look up your insurance from your license plate.
I had a court date for one of my head lights being dim, I went to the first court date and said I wasn't guilty, so they gave me another court date and I was supposed to go back...never did. I was told that I probably had a warrant out for not going to court, but I've been pulled over since then and nothing has happened.