A month and a half ago, because of my illegal decision to drive under a mile on a back county road, a 4-wheeler accident brought that out in the open causing me to get a $101 ticket. I went in for a "Mitigated Hearing" to get it reduced. From what I read, $60 was the most I could get the ticket reduced to. I was prepared to tell the judge that I had just traded for the truck with expired tabs, and wasn't able to get to the Dept of Licensing before they closed Friday... and Sunday I drove under a mile on a gravel back county road with no intention of going onto any paved or traffic'd areas when a 4-wheeler hit me in my lane. The next day that the DOL was open I got tabs for the truck. Before I could even say any of that, he said "Looks like you were involved in an accident... and you were cited for expired tabs. Do you have tabs on the vehicle now?" I said "Yes" and handed him the registration. About the time I wanted to explain the circumstances, he handed me back the registration and said "I can reduce this down to $60 for you. Take the slip of paper from the clerk and proceed to the window down the hall". Kind of shocked at how quick that was, I said Thank You and did as he said and paid the 60 bucks. I felt good that it was over with, but felt incomplete. I didn't even get to say the reasons why I was driving with expired tabs and for how short a distance, and that the accident wasn't my fault at all. So he and everyone in the court room probably thought I was some intentional reckless law breaker that happened to get caught. I should feel good that its over, but I still feel kinda unfinished for some reason.