What can I use as a defense for driving without ever having a driver's license and no insurance?

I got into an accident in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I have no other traffic violations, but I am on probation for chemical endangerment. Is there a defense I can use for driving without a license or insurance?

I am sorry to hear that happened; it sounds like you might be in a pretty tough situation. Unfortunately, very few defenses are valid reasons to drive without a license and without insurance. However, there are a couple of things you can do to help your case.
A judge may take into consideration, according to the Alabama DMV:
  • If it was a medical emergency and the only option was for you to drive.
  • If you were in the employment of the Federal Government and were driving one of their cars.
  • If you needed to drive a tractor on the highway for a short period of time.
For a first-time offense, the fees aren’t too bad. They can range from $10-$100. Since you are already on probation, ask the judge if you can take a safety class to make any fees a little lower. Keep in mind that this incident most likely will cause a delay in getting a driver’s license.
When you are ready to start driving and need insurance, download the Jerry app. Jerry shops low insurance rates with over 50 insurance providers for free and deliver the results to your phone in seconds. The best part? Jerry works with several insurance companies that offer affordable policies to high-risk drivers. Since you have two incidents before you are licensed, your driving record may fall into this category. The average Jerry driver saves $879 a year on car insurance!
Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 04, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.

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