In all states, driving with lights is
required from dusk until dawn and also in weather which makes visibility poor,
such as rain or fog. Most states rigorously enforce this, especially after
dark. It happens less often, but police are within their duty to pull someone
over when the weather is bad if they have no lights on. It is also possible to be pulled at a police stop. The police use their
own discretion in the matters of weather and lights.
Driving without lights normally carries a
fine. The amount of the fine is determined state by state but most are over
$100. Jail time is usually not imposed for driving without lights. Some states
carry a very hefty fine for driving without lights, up to $250. If more than one ticket has been issued, the
fines may be higher.
Points can be deducted from your license
and insurance companies do find out about any violation that results in a fine
and/or jail time. Therefore, it can result in higher insurance rates but that
does not usually occur. This particular offence will not affect your ability to
drive. Chances are you will not have your license suspended or revoked for
driving with no lights. If you have received more than one ticket for the same
offence, there may be a stiffer penalty involved.
You can hire an attorney to contest the ticket if you wish. In most states, the police officer must be in the courtroom or charges can be dropped. Some people hire a lawyer just in case the officer is there and they want to contest the charge. Perhaps they did have their lights on or it was not quite dusk yet. This particular offence is difficult to beat unless the officer does not show up for court, in which case, it is good to have an attorney there. Attorneys may also negotiate fine fees when they feel the fine is too high.