Can I be held liable for driving riving someone else’s carif it wasn’t insured?

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Can I be held liable for driving riving someone else’s carif it wasn’t insured?

This morning I was driving my boyfriend’s car and was pulled over because the officer “happened to notice” that the car I was driving was not insured. It is not my car. I was issued a ticket (my first) and am required to go to court in 2 months. The insurance on the vehicle lapsed approximately 30 days ago. Neither I or the owner of the car were aware of this. Insurance was restored on the vehicle immediately after receiving the ticket. What can I expect in court? Do you think they will be lenient since it is not my car (I have my own, insured car) and because of the situation?

Asked on September 10, 2011 under General Practice, Georgia

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

When yuo show up in court for the ticket of driving a vehicle that was not insured, be prepared to tell the judge the following:

1. you at all times had insurance for you as a driver and your own car;

2. the car that you were driving was not your own, but you were driving it with permission of the owner;

3. you did not know that the car was not insured when you were driving it;

4. immediately after you became aware that the car you were driving did not have insurance, its owner immediately placed insurance on it;

5. show the judge evidence of you being insured and the car that you were driving being insured presently.

6. advise the judge that the insurance on the vehicle had lapsed within thirty (30) days of you being cited

Good luck.


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