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Old 10-15-2009, 06:29 PM   #16
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Another sort of unrelated question.

I recently stopped driving and forgot to turn my tags in. I have an outrageous (3000$) fine for not turning them in. Is there anything I can do about this?

It seems ridiculous to charge me 3000$ for something that insignificant. I'm in college and really can't afford that BS.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:47 PM   #17
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:56 AM   #18
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holy shit

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I'm betting that is a DMV fine for not having ins. while stll having valid tags and its not a court issue.
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Actually, I am pretty sure you can contest it. I think I had a witness do so in one of my cases sometime ago. It was either tags or lack of insurance fine. Call the DMV and see if they will let you submit an affidavit of non-driving. Be sure your insurance is cancelled and you may want to try and cancel it back to the date you stopped driving. Unlikely they will allow that, but they may if you submit an affidavit of stating you have had no accidents and waive any liability from the date forward.

Fines like this are tough. When it comes to this stuff (tags, licenses, insurance) you need to handle things pronto. Otherwise, it will come back to bite you because a lot of these types of fines are statutorily mandatory and the gov. cannot modify them. (The double edged sword of preventing favoritism/abuse v. creating draconian penalties).
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Actually, I am pretty sure you can contest it. I think I had a witness do so in one of my cases sometime ago. It was either tags or lack of insurance fine. Call the DMV and see if they will let you submit an affidavit of non-driving. Be sure your insurance is cancelled and you may want to try and cancel it back to the date you stopped driving. Unlikely they will allow that, but they may if you submit an affidavit of stating you have had no accidents and waive any liability from the date forward.

Fines like this are tough. When it comes to this stuff (tags, licenses, insurance) you need to handle things pronto. Otherwise, it will come back to bite you because a lot of these types of fines are statutorily mandatory and the gov. cannot modify them. (The double edged sword of preventing favoritism/abuse v. creating draconian penalties).
The only way we will ever back date coverage on a car is if the owner shows that the car was sold and no longer in their name. An affidavit saying they had no claims is worthless because if something would have happened the customer would have filed a claim.
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I know the "no-accident" affidavit exists and have used it several times in the past. Just don't remember the context anymore. Also, insurance co.'s will backdate if there is proof the car was "undrivable". Again, talk to your insurer and DMV and see if something can be worked out.

Whatever you do - don't wait around on this. Every day matters.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:11 PM   #22
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As I recall, the affidavit is a "no accident/hold harmless" statement. Which means, no matter what subsequently arises, you are releasing the insurer from providing coverage during that period. It's all part of the statutory scheme requiring mandatory auto insurance.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:33 PM   #23
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Outstanding. I just pwned my wife. Thanks for all the help.
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