Is a lawyer necessary for a hearing where I am being judged for allowing an unlicensed individual to operate a vehicle?

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Is a lawyer necessary for a hearing where I am being judged for allowing an unlicensed individual to operate a vehicle?

I allowed my husband, who is from Mexico, to drive. We had a standard (not automatic) car, which I do not know how to drive. The car we initially were going to take broke down which is why I let him drive (he does know how to drive standard). I do not know what kind of evidence to take that would help or what to say.

Asked on August 27, 2011 Indiana

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In any criminal proceeding against a person, it is always prudent that the person charged with the offense have a lawyer representing him or her in the proceeding. The rationale for this suggestion is that in a criminal proceeding, the result could be jail time and/or fines in the event in the event of a conviction.

If your husband has a Mexican driver's license, but not one issued by the state of Indiana, you might be able to defend the charges successfully.

In all likelihood a good defense lawyer will be in a position to help reduce the charges against you  (and the amount of any possible fine) where you are claimed to have allowed an unlicensed person drive an automobile.

Good luck.


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