I'm in New York State, in Rockland County (Chestnut Ridge). My parents recently -- about 3 weeks ago -- gave me their car. I haven't yet transferred ownership to myself, and my parents are still paying the insurance. I was too stupid to notice that the inspection sticker is about 6 months expired. I was pulled over and given a ticket.
The ticket says at the bottom:
A PLEA OF GUILTY TO THIS CHARGE IS EQUIVALENT TO A CONVICTION AFTER TRIAL. IF YOU ARE CONVICTED, NOT ONLY WILL YOU BE LIABLE TO A PENALTY, BUT IN ADDITION YOUR LICENSE TO DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE OR MOTORCYCLE, AND YOUR CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION, IF ANY, ARE SUBJECT TO SUSPENSION AND REVOCATION AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW.[My bolding]
1) Does that mean that if I plead guilty to a 6-months' expired inspection sticker, I may lose my driver's license?
2) On another part of the ticket, if one pleads guilty, there are a couple of lines where one is invited to make a "statement of explanation." Suppose I go and get the inspection done the day after I got the ticket. Would the following "statement of explanation" help or hurt me:
"In early April, 2010, my parents gave me this car, which they had been keeping in storage, and I stupidly didn't even think to notice the expired inspection sticker. On April 22, the police officer gave me the ticket, and the next day I went and got the vehicle inspected. I apologize for the stupid oversight, and request that any fine, penalty, or record be dismissed."What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?