Sorry that I didn't get back to you right away. I'm in New York, and I'd already turned in for the evening when you wrote your follow-up.
The judge has the discretion to sentence
you to up to 6 months on this. My guess -- and it would be only a guess -- is that based on the nature of the case and the fact that you've avoided trouble with the law, as well as the fact that you are still at liberty, that you will get off with a suspension of your license and a very hefty fine (and/or some community service). If you told me that there had been an accident that brought your expired tags to the court
's attention and that someone was seriously injured, or that there were other criminal
charges along with this one, I might feel differently. All the same, however, especially as you mentioned that this was your second time that you had expired tags, you should have a lawyer with you at your court appearance. This time around because it's your second offense and because of how long your tags have been expired, you are facing a criminal misdemeanor and not a non-criminal infraction.
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