Expired Tags Ticket Lawyer Philadelphia
I Received a Ticket for Expired Tags. What Do I Do?
Anytime you receive a citation, you are subject to penalties under the vehicle code. In Pennsylvania, a police officer can give you a traffic citation when he or she notices you have invalid or Expired Tags. In fact, police officers are always on the lookout for expired tags, because they give them a reason to conduct an investigatory stop. Expired Tags are often indicative of other criminal behavior, such as driving stolen vehicles and drug offenses, as well as other traffic offenses.
The citation you will receive in this situation is PA §75 §1301(a), “Driving Unregistered Vehicle Prohibited,” which states:
(a) Driving unregistered vehicle prohibited – No person shall drive or move and no owner or motor carrier shall knowingly permit to be driven or moved upon any highway any vehicle which is not registered in this Commonwealth unless the vehicle is exempt from registration.
Let’s say your tags expired a few days ago. According to the statute and relevant case law, you can be charged with driving an unregistered vehicle. While this does not seem right, since your car had a prior registration, what counts is whether your car is registered now.
There are even consequences for those who allow someone else to drive a vehicle with Expired Tags. Under the statute above, it doesn’t matter if you drove or you allowed someone to drive the unregistered car.
Penalties for Driving with Expired Tags
If your car was registered within the 60 days before you received the citation, you will only pay a $25.00 fine. However, if your car wasn’t registered within the 60 days prior to your citation, you’ll instead pay a $75.00 fine. These penalties remain the same regardless of whether you are the person driving or you merely allow someone else to drive.
Should I Consult a Lawyer?
In addition to the penalties listed above, there are also other penalties PennDOT may choose to impose, so it is important you contact a lawyer who can discuss possible defenses and inform you of any consequences arising from the citation. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. employs Attorneys with decades of experiences handling matters like these. Call us today for a free consultation.
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