How long can my state take my license away for accident with no insurance?

I went to court and had insurance the next day. I still do but cannot afford to pay the damages. They said that they will take my license but for how long? And, if I file bankruptcy, I was told it would prevent and or end the suspension. Is that true?

Asked on August 14, 2013 under Accident Law, Rhode Island


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

From what I have read about driving without insurance in Rhode Island, for the first offense: $100 to $500 fine and up to three-month license and registration suspension; second offense: $500 fine and up to six-month suspension; third and subsequent offense: $1,000 fine and up to one year suspension. The part about the bankruptcy does not sound right but check with a local attorney. 

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