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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • What are the penalties for driving without insurance or a license?

  •   Q: What are the penalties for driving without insurance or a driver's license? What do the police do about repeat offenders?    A: There are different fines and penalties for each offense for someone driving without a current driver's license or liability automobile insurance. The sever...
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  •   Q: What are the penalties for driving without insurance or a driver's license? What do the police do about repeat offenders?
        A: There are different fines and penalties for each offense for someone driving without a current driver's license or liability automobile insurance. The severity of the penalty is determined by the number of the offense and other circumstances, such as the driver’s criminal history.
        For a juvenile, the penalty for driving without a driver's license is a $100 fine for the first offense. For an adult, the fine is increased to $200 for the first offense. The penalty for the second offense for an adult is a $300 fine and a one-day jail sentence or 20 hours of community service. The third offense is $400 with a three-day jail sentence. For additional offenses, the penalty is determined by a judge depending on the circumstances of the individual case.
        For driving without insurance, a $300 to $1,000 fine is assessed. This increases to a minimum fine of $800 and a three-day jail sentence for the second offense. For repeat offenders, the penalty is determined by the individual factors of the case.
        Under state law, if someone commits three similar offenses within a five-year period, their driver's license could be revoked for a three-year period under the habitual driving statute. 
        For each offense, a court fee also applies. Someone who is caught driving without a driver's license or current insurance may also receive supervised probation.
        It's important to remember that many variables affect the penalty for each offense, so the penalty may be different depending on the individual circumstances of each case, as well as the location (city, county, state) where the offense occurs. 
     
    Reach Cherise Forno at (620) 408-9931 or e-mail her at cherise.forno@dodgeglobe.com.
     
     
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