Q: Should i go to court for my registration, i was not able to show to cop on demand. It was in my car the whole time?
I got stopped for speeding, i explained i was trying to pass someone. When the police asked for my license and registration i could not find my registration. When i got to work i realized it laying on the floor of the passenger front seat. I assumed it fell down when i was looking for it. Should i pay the fine for no show of registration or should i go to court with my registration and plead not guilty. This is in Maryland? The charge is TA-13-409(b)
A: This is not a moving violation, so paying the fine will not result in any points to your driving record. That being said, if you go to court and explain the situation to the Judge - provided you have a good driving record - the judge might grant you a probation before judgment - which avoids the technical conviction on your record, and reduce the fine specified on your citation. Oftentimes, in these situations, one must weigh the time and possible inconvenience that could result by going to court for that kind of result, versus just paying the violation, knowing that it results in no points and is not considered a moving violation more likely to affect your insurance rates.
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